Re: English gets millionth word on Wednesday, site says
- "Web 2.0" is considered ONE word? I think this place needs to get it's thinking straightened!
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> URL to an interesting article in CNN
> Makes you wonder what the 2 millionth word will be
> Also, there's an interesting comment about how English adapts words, while
> other languages translate words into their tongue
> First few paragraphs
> (CNN) -- English contains more words than any other language on the planet
> and added its millionth word early Wednesday, according to the Global
> Language Monitor, a Web site that uses a math formula to estimate how often
> words are created.
> The Global Language Monitor says the millionth word was added to English
> on Wednesday.
> The site estimates the millionth English word, "Web 2.0" was added to the
> language Wednesday at 5:22 a.m. ET. The term refers to the second, more
> social generation of the Internet.
> The site says more than 14 words are added to English every day, at the
> current rate.
> The "Million Word March," however, has made the man who runs this
> word-counting project somewhat of a pariah in the linguistic community. Some
> linguists say it's impossible to count the number of words in a language because
> languages are always changing, and because defining what counts as a word
> is a fruitless endeavor.
> Paul J.J. Payack, president and chief word analyst for the Global Language
> Monitor, says, however, that the million-word estimation isn't as
> important as the idea behind his project, which is to show that _English_
> (http://topics.cnn.com/topics/english_language) has become a complex, global
> "It's a people's language," he said.
> Other languages, like French, Payack said, put big walls around their
> vocabularies. English brings others in.
> "English has the tradition of swallowing new words whole," he said. "Other
> languages translate."
> The Internet, global commerce and global travel have accelerated the trend
> by putting English in contact with many other linguistic groups. This has
> made English more rich and more complex -- hence all of the new terms, he
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