This is Why You Can Never Know How Many Words are in a Language.

People like counting. People like to compare things. These two trends are exaggerated even further on the internet. So it’s no wonder that there are websites like this, Global Language Monitor, that tout the number of words in English as some precise number  (1,013,913 and growing at 15/day), compared to woeful 2nd place finisher Mandarin.

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