Children are to be offered lessons on how to speak English formally amid fears that many are suffering from "word poverty," it has been reported. But how many words do people tend to know and use?
Do people know more words than they actually use? And is having a large vocabulary something you learn or have a natural ability for?
- Brain dictionary: How many words does the average person know?
These are burning issues in the worlds of linguistics and education. On Monday [4/27/09] it was reported that children in England will have lessons in formal language amid fears that some are suffering from stunted vocabularies.
US company Global Language Monitor (GLM) believes that the one millionth word will be added to the English language in mid-June. More>>