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Re: English gets millionth word on Wednesday, site says

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  • Mike B
    Web 2.0 is considered ONE word? I think this place needs to get it s thinking straightened! Mike B
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 13, 2009
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      "Web 2.0" is considered ONE word? I think this place needs to get it's thinking straightened!

      Mike B

      --- In sciencefictionclassics@yahoogroups.com, derhexer@... wrote:
      > URL to an interesting article in CNN
      > _http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/06/10/million.words/index.html_
      > (http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/06/10/million.words/index.html)
      > 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
      > language.
      > "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
      > said."
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