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…
- 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)]:
Definition of passion
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
Passion (obsolete) : suffering
: 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
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
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)
- a set of sheets of paper bound together
- a long written work a book about birds
- a large division of a written work the books of the Bible
- a pack of small items bound together a book of matches
- 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.
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!