Wednesday, June 10, 2009

English hits 1,000,000 words

Congratulations to the English language, which got its one-millionth word today at 9.22 GMT, according to the Global Language Monitor (report here). The millionth word is, apparently, Web 2.0; though how this only became a word this morning escapes me. This, of course, is nonsense, but it is amusing to me the way "linguists" and "language experts" cited in the article have apparently taken this way too seriously. Still, it's nice to see linguistic issues reported to a broader public.

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