Words and more words


November 01, 1998|By Paul Kropp

* Total number of words in English: 500,000 (excludes scientific and technical terms)

* Number of words in German: 175,000; in French: 125,000

* English words recognized by the average American adult: 125,000

* Words used in the works of Shakespeare: 30,000

* Words used in three hours of prime-time TV: 7,000

* Words recognized orally by a child entering school: 6,000

* Words ordinarily read "by sight" at the end of third grade: 3,000

From "Raising a Reader"

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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