There is no certain answer of “How Many Words Are There in the English Language?” question. It’s impossible to count the number of words in a language, because it’s so hard to decide what actually counts as a word.
Number Of Words in the English Language
- The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (OED2) includes over 600,000 definitions.
- The Global Language Monitor announced that the English language had crossed the 1,000,000-word threshold on 10 June 2009.
- The announcement was met with strong scepticism by linguists and lexicographers, though a number of non-specialist reports accepted the figure uncritically. However, in December 2010 a joint Harvard/Google study found the language to contain 1,022,000 words and was expanding at the rate of 8,500 words per year.