Learning words on Vocabulary.com? Oxford English Dictionary new chief editor Michael Proffitt brings perspective to the sheer enormity of the task in a recent video interview with Christiane Amanpour:
We're now up to about 800,000 [words in the OED]. Which is a lot if you consider that the average person's vocabulary is roughly between 25,000 and 40,000. You can see why they need a dictionary, because even people who are doing 40,000, at the highest end—it's about 5 percent of what we've got in the OED. And that's not all the words in the language.
So if you've been playing a lot and are thinking about resting on your laurels for a bit...don't! Many more wonderful words await your discovery.
Just think of yourself as Sisyphus, if instead of rolling a rock up a hill, his fate was to encounter all the fantastic, specific, or just freakishly delightful elements of our shared language, one after another. Who could want to see an end to this delightful journey?
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