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Average Vocabulary Size
Most people know between 50,000 and 100,000 words. Larger vocabularies are strongly correlated with academic and professional success.

The King James Bible uses about 8,000 words. Shakespeare's works use about 20,000 words.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary contains over:
263,000 main entries
476,000 entries
700,000 definitions
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Expressive v. Receptive Vocabulary
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