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Your Vocabulary Size

Bambi

Member
I'm game for this sort of dick waving contest.

My e-peen is right at average for this one at 20,400 words. Most people apparently score between 20,000 to 34,000 words if the test is to be believed.
 

iconmaster

Still the Best - 1973
27,200 for me. Pretty average, apparently??
 

BRN

WTB Forum Mod Powers
Apparently 31,300, but I've been reading my whole life and make money off writing stories.
 

Hinalle K.

Banned
Banned
27k - ish, non-native and self-taught at a young age, never been abroad or even known anyone who spoke English personally.
Not bad at all, I'd wager? Thanks videogames and internet :V
I'd get a better score were it a few years ago, I'm sure. I'm getting rusty.


All those words unknown to me sounded like slangs british people would say on a regular basis, funnily enough. I feel as I'm versed as the common American citizen, even my accent is American. Perhaps I should have taken the British variety as my learning basis :T
What would Fallowfox's score be? 40k? lawl
 
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CaptainCool

Lady of the lake
Non native speaker, 29,300.
 

Sarcastic Coffeecup

Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Non native bastard here with 25k words. I need to read more Allan Poe. That guy's books make my vocab come buckets
 
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CaptainCool

Lady of the lake
Non native bastard here with 25k words. I need to read more Allan Poe. That guy's books make my vocab come buckets

When I was little I couldn't wait for the german version of Harry Potter 5 so I ordered the english version^^ My first reaction while reading it? "WTF is a "wand"? XD
In my defense, that was 10 years ago. I think I was 13 when that book came out :p
 

Kit H. Ruppell

Exterminieren! Exterminieren!
Native speaker , 25,500 words.
 

Sarcastic Coffeecup

Hand. Cannot. Erase.
When I was little I couldn't wait for the german version of Harry Potter 5 so I ordered the english version^^ My first reaction while reading it? "WTF is a "wand"? XD
In my defense, that was 10 years ago. I think I was 13 when that book came out :p
lol yeah. That's the case with me when reading Allan Poe now. Some words are just, fascinating and rare, and the style he employs is quite awesome
Murders in the Rue Morgue goes a bit like this all the way through:
"The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis. We appreciate them only in their effects. We know of them, among other things, that they are always to their possessor, when inordinately possessed, a source of the liveliest enjoyment. As the strong man exults in his physical ability, delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action, so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles. He derives pleasure from even the most trivial occupations bringing his talents into play. He is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension preternatural. His results, brought about by the very soul and essence of method, have, in truth, the whole air of intuition. The faculty of re-solution is posssibly much invigorated by mathematical study, and especially by that highest branch of it which, unjustly, and merely on account of its retrograde operations, has been called, as par excellence, analysis."

And that is a bit of the very first page.
Imagine reading full novels that only go towards fancier text and grammatical structures.
 

Hateful Bitch

Hang up your coat
19,900, and I don't even speak English!
But really yeah, that was it, and I'm a native English speaker.

I don't really read books a whole lot though, so that probably explains it. A lot of words in there I'd never even heard before, and those that I had I only had a faint idea what they meant, so it didn't really count. I also don't really bother reading things most of the time, even online (except subtitles in anime I guess). I just have a short attention span and stop paying attention. Oh well, good thing people literally never use half of these words in real life. Only obscure words I got were those that had somehow made it into whatever dialect my parents used around the house.

pfft this probably explains to some people my stupid posting style, if I still have one (which I did used to at least). No shame, no shame.
 

Symlus

Sophisticated Snake
22,700. I feel... Disappointed. I'll have to retake the test later. Native-speaker here.

I guess that my diction is just elevated, but my knowledge is lacking. /:
 

Hinalle K.

Banned
Banned
My my, what do you know, foreigners here seem to be having better results.
 

Mikhal18

Best. Custom User Title. Ever.
http://testyourvocab.com/br/result?user=2621762

Re-did the test and found this has random words added each time to go there and take it.
Pretty inaccurate imo. Verbal tenses and such are as important as simple nouns or participles imo...
 

Hateful Bitch

Hang up your coat
lol yeah. That's the case with me when reading Allan Poe now. Some words are just, fascinating and rare, and the style he employs is quite awesome
Murders in the Rue Morgue goes a bit like this all the way through:
"The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis. We appreciate them only in their effects. We know of them, among other things, that they are always to their possessor, when inordinately possessed, a source of the liveliest enjoyment. As the strong man exults in his physical ability, delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action, so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles. He derives pleasure from even the most trivial occupations bringing his talents into play. He is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension preternatural. His results, brought about by the very soul and essence of method, have, in truth, the whole air of intuition. The faculty of re-solution is posssibly much invigorated by mathematical study, and especially by that highest branch of it which, unjustly, and merely on account of its retrograde operations, has been called, as par excellence, analysis."

And that is a bit of the very first page.
Imagine reading full novels that only go towards fancier text and grammatical structures.

At least I could understand all of that when reading it. 19,900 ain't bad I guess. More than that verges on the unnecessary.
Also, reading that reminded me of the essay Politics and the English Language by George Orwell. I found it in a bookshop for 99p and read it one day. Your example is probably fine, and you can follow it if you read carefully enough, or are better at paying attention to things than I am, but his examples were passages from political writing that tied the meaning up so tightly and complexly that it was almost totally lost altogether by the end of it. It's a good essay if you're interested in language and how it's used.

And here it is:
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm

Ends it with these pointers:

(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

22,700. I feel... Disappointed. I'll have to retake the test later. Native-speaker here.

I guess that my diction is just elevated, but my knowledge is lacking. /:

Seriously, it doesn't matter. You don't need an excessive vocabulary to feel knowledgeable. Like in that essay, don't use a long word where a short one will do. After a point you're just learning different ways to say the same thing.
 
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Symlus

Sophisticated Snake
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