Here’s a few interesting English language stats from McCarthy and O’Dell, “English Vocabulary in Use.”

  • Did you know that there are approximately 500,000 words in English?
  • A person with a particularly large vocabulary might use around 60,000 English words.
  • The average native English speaker uses about 5000 words in everyday speech.
  • There are 50 words that represent 45% of everything written in English.