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From: "john.hakala" <[log in to unmask]>
> Well yes, you definitely have the potential to do that,
> because you have more words than any other language.
> On the other hand, if estimates are to be believed, most
> of us only know 30,000 - 50,000 words in any one language,
> so the practical working base would have to be smaller than
> OED would suggest!
That's possible. Though maybe we English speakers
simply know more synonyms, but for a smaller number
of items is the landscape. Which then allows us to
make jokes about everything all the time, whilst still
being rather limited in our appreciation of the World......
(I believe that's the perception we sometimes give :o)
But then again, crosswords definitely help to expand
a person's vocabulary (and sense of humour). Have
you ever tried the Daily Telegraph easy one? The
first two/three answers across always combine to
form a well known saying/proverb/title. Last week
there was this:
1 across: Radio codeword for letter 'R' (5)
2 across: Ancient province of France (5)
3 across: Baby's clothing (7)
To which, the answers were:
> Btw, I think I did misunderstand you - sorry!
No problemo. I probably don't have a sufficiently
developed vocabulary to say what I mean :o)