The Essentials of Vocabulary

Have you ever wondered how many vocabulary words are there in English?

The answer would be, There is no sensible answer for this question because some words do have a multiple definition in itself such as “dog” for a noun meaning as a kind of animal and “dog” for a verb meaning as to follow persistently. If you put “s” at the ending, you can literally use it as a plural form of noun or you can use it as a present tense of the word.

The Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as sub-entries. Think about it, you can create more than one hundred thousand words with only 21 consonants and 5 vowels in English language; Sounds amazing, isn’t it?

Each word does contains of antonyms and synonyms to its own:

Not only word does come with synonyms and antonyms of itself but also it may consist with a multiple meaning within the same one…

For examples:

  • Passion has a multiple definition in a following list from Merriam-Webster dictionary website [including an obsolete meaning, (where today, we don’t use for that definition in present’s society anymore)]:
    1. Definition of passion
      often capitalized
      a : the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death
      b : an oratorio based on a gospel narrative of the Passion Bach’s St. Matthew

    2. Passion (obsolete) : suffering

    3. : the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents or forces
      moldable and not moldable … and many other passions of matter — Francis Bacon

    4. a (1) : emotion his ruling passion is greed (2) passions plural : the emotions as distinguished from reason a study of the passions
      b : intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction
      c : an outbreak of anger a crime of passion

    5. a : ardent affection : love He had never felt such passion for any woman but her.
      b : a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept a passion for chess a passion for opera
      c : sexual desire a look of passion in her face
      d : an object of desire or deep interest

  • Book (noun)
    1. a set of sheets of paper bound together
    2. a long written work a book about birds
    3. a large division of a written work the books of the Bible
    4. a pack of small items bound together a book of matches
    5. the records of a business’s accounts —often used in pl. a credit on the books

I believe that many people are curious why there are a lot of words existing in our language where there are many of them having so identical meaning to one another…

In my opinion, English is a fabulous language because it has adopt many words from foreign languages such as French, German, Latin, and even Asian language words for a distinct cultural term in each country where you can find that each word does have an instinct itself for signifying a different level of a profound meaning.

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I am in fond learning many vocabularies throughout my whole life because every vocabulary has given you a variety form of wide arrays of narration either in noun, verb, adjective, preposition, and exclamation, plus a distinctive range of countless emotional feelings in the literature world. Yes, English is my favorite subject because of a diversified form of words within multiculturalism from all around the world as well as the language has formed a strong diversity in an international community.

You might say “good job ” for a satisfactory level of work, but if its outcome is in an excellent quality, you might praise it by saying “it’s an outstanding job!”

Now, do you see a different level of expression phrase between “Good job” and “It’s an outstanding job!” yet? Both of the phrases signify a positive term but in a distinct degree from each other.

That’s a reason why English has become a wonderful world language where you can express yourself within an immense range of levels in our diverse society!



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