Traitor. Trader. Main. Mane. (Maine!) Grate. Oh, Great.
The English language is full of confusing, confounding, and convoluted words. Most of us wonder at the logic of it all … and conclude there isn’t any.
LEXIS (lekʹsis) n. – the full vocabulary of a language, or of a group, individual, field of study, etc. [WW #73]
Do you know that the average vocabulary lexis of a four-year-old is an astounding five thousand words? I love societal stats and take with the proverbial grain of salt, my standing in them, as below, above or at the stagnant average.
However, when I stumbled across this site – Economist.com – and their interesting vocabulary stats, my eyebrows shot up in frustration, consternation, and determination!
Their data was collected over several years and compiled in 2013 when a research project they conducted reached its two millionth vocabulary test-taker. Scrolling down the short list of results, they moved into adult analyses, and declared:
* Adult native* test-takers learn almost 1 new word a day until middle age
* Adult test-taker vocabulary growth basically stops at middle age
I balked. The first item may be true in data, but speaking of words, how can you “learn almost 1 new word a day”? You either do or you don’t, right? Is there an almost in learning something?
While I disagree with their findings – or truly hope it isn’t true – that we stop learning new words at middle age (I’m at the tip-top of that group), I thoroughly enjoyed taking their test. Yes, they’re still seeking more data. It was definitely challenging and quite surprising – they claim those who read lots of fiction outscore the rest! (*Native English)
I’d share some of the more unique words with you that I did NOT know – but I’m going to look them up – one day at a time, to prove them wrong about us old folks and our learning habits. They’ll also make great fodder for future Wordplay Wednesday fun! In the meantime ...
Don’t be confused by Toyota’s Lexus, an upscale auto with naming interest: “theory claims it is an acronym for "luxury exports to the U.S." [But] According to Team One interviews, the brand name has no specific meaning and simply denotes a luxurious and technological image.”
Nor to be confused with LexisNexis; although even the normally transparent Wiki descriptions obscure its definition. Chalk it up to yet another prying and spying site that “also use proprietary data and information from third-party data sources in compiling our information products.”
Meaning, information on you is likely erroneous on many levels, gathered and available by yet another source (many – SO many), to those who pay for it.
How does anyone with half a brain think a lexis of personal knowledge for sale is OK?
Word of the Week: LEXIS. My vocabulary lexis reflects my love of words. Go ahead give it a try – fit it into your writings for the week.
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