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There are more than 170,000 words in the English language.

From DAVID P. BARASH [Wall Street Journal] – ‘Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., is one of our most distinguished Woggle-Bugs, a physician and sociologist, director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, where he is Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering.

In other words, the guy knows what’s he’s talking about…’

A very impressive appeal to authority, but are credentials words? David Barash might do better. How many other words are there? From Oxford UP: ‘If distinct senses were counted, the total would probably approach three quarters of a million.’


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