Friday, August 19, 2016


I saw an article yesterday that said that the average English-speaking adult knows over 42,000 words.  
That number was based on a study by Ghent University.  They used an exam that they placed on Facebook.  It took me a while to find it, but you can take it yourself HERE.
If you didn't take the test - and you should - it uses a very clever method of determining knowledge.  It asks you if you recognize a series of words.  Most are real, but about 30% look like they might be real words but are not.
Several of those fake words got me - and they warn you ahead of the test that there are extra penalties for saying you recognize a word that doesn't exist.  In spite of scoring 96% on the real words, I lost major points by saying yes to predicity, doodlet and toaked.  

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