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September 11th, 2009 - 12:24 pm § in etymology, lexicon, vocabulary, word origins, words of the day

Words of the Day (9/11)

Check out all my¬†Words of the Day posts HERE. Etymologies (thanks to Clare’s questions): lexicon – Lexicon comes from the Greek word lexis, which means… word. Lexus – Lexus (like the car) is the short form of Alexus, which is a variant of the name Alexis. Alexis comes from G[...]

September 10th, 2009 - 1:42 pm § in lexicon, vocabulary

How Many Words Do You Know?

How many words (lexemes) do you think the average person knows? How many lexemes are there in the entire English language? Neither of these questions have a real answer. An individual’s lexicon (the number of words he knows) will vary considerably depending on his career(s), hobbies, reading h[...]