"English has the most words of any language"
- Hey all,
I was talking to someone today, and he stated that English has the most words of any language. I'm pretty suspicious when I hear such claims, and he did not have direct evidence to back up his assertion. However, he is one of the smartest and most knowledgeable people I know, and his father happened to be chair of the department of linguistics at one point. It's hard to chalk his claim up to ignorance or misinformation, so I started wondering: is this in fact true?
I was wondering what list members think. Is this something that's been claimed before, and if so, how is it regarded in the linguistic community? Does anyone have a (reputable or suspicious) source that says English has the most words? If this is a legitimate claim, how is it determined?
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> Argue what you will, then.
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