Sunday, January 20, 2019

Fact of the Day: Largest Vocabulary

Due to the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Old French/Latin based words, English (a Germanic language) has the most words of any language. 

20 comments:

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! I think so too.

Elisabeth said...

Interesting! However, I've heard that Finnish has the most words for different kind of snow, hah! :)

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Pat Hatt said...

No wonder it confuses many

Christine said...

Interesting, love that lettering

Debra She Who Seeks said...

We steal from everybody!

Recep Hilmi Tufan said...
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Recep Hilmi Tufan said...

What about Arabic?

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Al Penwasser said...

I really wondered why English was such a frikked-up language. I guess we can blame the French :-D

Joanne Noragon said...

You've barely scratched the origin of all the words in English.

happyone said...

Doesn't surprise me.

Mary Kirkland said...

An interesting thing to know.

Martha said...

I didn't know that!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I'm glad I speak it. :-)

Infidel753 said...

Arabic doesn't have such a strong tendency to absorb words from other languages as English does. In fact, as languages go, Arabic has an unusually low number of foreign loan words. Aside from French, English has absorbed a vast amount of Latin and Greek roots which are our main source of new technical terms. The English-speaking world is a major center of cultural and technological innovation and is constantly generating new words for all the new things it creates. The Arabic word-formation system is potentially very productive, but it doesn't have the same occasion to generate many new words for things.

Infidel753 said...

But we give back too. English words are infiltrating into a lot of other language -- even back into French itself, much to the annoyance of French purists.

Huggybear said...

And such a pity that English speaking world "so-called" leaders can't put a sentence together correctly! I wonder to whom I refer??????????????
Colin

Jen said...

This is definitely interesting!

Susan Kane said...

Many of students were Mexican and trying to teach English was crazy. I told them that English is a big pot of stew.

Lowcarb team member said...

That's interesting to know, thank you.

All the best Jan

Jenn said...

English has some crazy rules....must be hard to learn.