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How many words are there in the English language?

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How many words are there in the English language?

I’ve been reading [read as: listening to the audiobook of] The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick the past few days. It is an awesome read (listen) so far. In one section he talks about language and the creation of Morse Code, or more specifically, that the letter “t” was the most used letter in the english language…or was it “e”? Either way that got me thinking about the English language. What letter came in second? Third? How many nouns and adjectives? And so forth. Now I am not the best linguist in the world (specifically struggling with punctuation, spelling, and… well, most of it) but I’m curious. So here is a little glimpse at the breakdown of the second edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary.

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