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Wild World of Words

Wild World of Words

Maybe you're happy today. Or cheerful, or joyful, or giddy. All those words pretty much mean "happy." So how many words are there in the world? Well, Merriam-Webster dictionary says English alone has about 1 million words. But how do we count words? "Square" can mean "4-sided shape," or "complete" (a square meal), or "uncool" (it's hip to be square). or 21 other different things...but do those count as 24 words or just 1? Now multiply all that by the 700+ major world languages!

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