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Old 07-18-2011, 06:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Test your vocabulary

Here is a website that figures out the size of your vocabulary relative to average. Very interesting. The median vocabulary for English speakers is just over 27,000 words, with most adults coming in between 20,000 and 35,000. Of course you need to be honest when you answer the questions.

(if you're really curious about where I came out - though I don't know why it should matter -- send me a message.)
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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25 900... gotta start reading more!
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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tripped over the median...
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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28, 300. With the first page, I was thinking, "sweet, I'm going to get an AWESOME score." Then the second page made me feel dumb
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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30,200, but I got a surprising amount of the hard ones from Penny-Arcade cartoons and nerdcore rap songs.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've never had a very big vocabulary, as I have never been a strong reader. Well, I should say that I have never really read very much.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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38,100... there were some tough words in there.
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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40,000. I am constantly made aware of what a mistake it was not to take Latin and Greek in high school. I bet I'd have killed that test if I knew root words That said, I went and checked the words I didn't mark off & I should have gone with my gut. I would have done a bit better.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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25,100

I've never had a very big vocabulary, as I have never been a strong reader. Well, I should say that I have never really read very much.
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Explain.

Sorry, everyone else, but knowing what I know about this bookworm, I am baffled. The vocab number I can accept. The "I've never read very much" I don't.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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32,400...about average.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ouch...18,700 - Luckily I can find comfort in the fact that I'm a native norwegian and hasn't studied English in the past 10 years. If they had included more technical/science words the score would have changed quite a bit as that's my strength.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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it seems that as a non-english native speaker, we are at a distinct disadvantage.

i did the same test without putting that i was a native with a 10% improvement in the overall score.

That said, i scored 20,000 the first time and 22,600 the 2nd time.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:27 AM   #13 (permalink)
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????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Explain.

Sorry, everyone else, but knowing what I know about this bookworm, I am baffled. The vocab number I can accept. The "I've never read very much" I don't.
I grew up in a household where reading wasn't a priority. It was passively encouraged on rare occasions, but it was mostly a case of it not being actively discouraged.

The majority of my reading was done in school. At home, it was mostly television and video games. It was that way until I became a teenager and got into D&D. I read the game materials and read several of the novels (maybe 15 to 20 of them, max.). When I got into high school, I stopped playing D&D and was mostly into video games. I was a slacker from grades 9 to 12, where I only partially read most of the assigned novels. I probably completed reading only a few novels (I'd say 3 at most) during that time.

It was in the OAC (grade 13) year where I started to apply myself. I think I read most of the materials then, but there were still many incomplete reads there as well. It was difficult to shake bad habits. I enjoyed myself though. It was then I realized the the arts were my strength.

However, I went to college to study business/marketing. It was then that I formed better reading habits. I graduated with an A average and was considered among the top of my class. But even then, I would only read school materials. I was still gaming in my spare time.

After college, I was lost regarding my career path, knowing I wasn't really into marketing. So I reflected on the joys of my OAC year and figured studying English was what I wanted. That was when I started reading regularly, mostly capital-L "Literature" and a heck of a lot of it: I ended up taking a specialized English degree, which is basically so many English courses for it to be like a double major (i.e. I crowded out any potential minor).

At that time, I pined over reading on my own for the first time since the D&D novels in my teenage years. However, I didn't have the time. I did read a couple of novels such as Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and DeLillo's White Noise on my own time, but not much else.

When I finally graduated, I was already working full time at the book publisher I currently work for. By the time I finished college and started at university, I was already well versed in using language in a formal sense, both in writing and editing. I suppose I always had that strength, but I only exercised it during my post-secondary education.

Even today I struggle to read a lot on my own time. Now that I read for a living, it takes discipline to sit down in the evenings and read some more. For example, I've had A Dance with Dragons for a week now, and I'm still on page 9. I try to read the news, but I tend to only scan headlines or the first few paragraphs of interesting articles.

I find myself falling a lot into tl;dr with anything that isn't a novel, which I tend to read in small chunks over a long period. I read maybe a handful of novels a year now (not including work).

I'm a slower-than-average reader and I don't have the best short-term memory. I understand the language and how it fits together, but I don't have a great vocabulary beyond the core essentials of the language.

I found many of the words in this vocabulary test to be too advanced or elaborate to be of any use in most applications (e.g., trade books and consumer magazines, etc.---i.e., for the average reader).

For the past several years, I've been meaning to beef up my reading. There are many books I want to read before I die. There are other books I want to read for fun. (Basically literary vs. genre novels.) However, I find myself gravitating back to the computer to browse the net or play games.

Okay, so that was probably long-winded, but there you have it. I was never a strong reader, and it was only because I earned an English degree that it might appear otherwise.

I think one advantage I have is I'm a quick learner, I can adapt quickly to situations, and I'm good at processing and organizing information. Maybe it's the combination of these things that make me appear far more well read than I actually am.

(From what I've read on the board here, the average TFPer has read far, far more books than I have.)
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