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If I spend each day of my life learning 1 English word, how long would it take to learn the entire English language?

Do you really want to learn all this, one word per day?

This is the second edition of the OED, published in 1989. It contains 171,476 entries for current words, plus another 47,156 entries for obsolete ones. At the rate of one new word a day, the current entries alone are the work of nearly 500 years. Even if you could live so long, by then English will have gained a myriad of new words and abandoned many others. So a couple more centuries might be needed…

But far be it from me to discourage you from mastering English vocabulary! It’s just that there are much better ways to go about it.

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