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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How big is your vocabulary?

My sister sent this vocabulary test over the holidays, and our family went nuts for it. Since I know a bunch of you are word nerds, too, I wanted to share it...

Take the quiz here, and leave your score below!

P.S. Can you read emotions?

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Joanna Goddard said...

i got 24,200. the last ones were super tough! embonpoint? pabulum? tricorn? never heard of them:)

Lilly said...

26,800 and English is my second language :). But yes, the last ones were very tough!

Sammie Brooke said...

I scored 29,600. Yeah, I felt super smart on the first few columns and then only could check the super random ones (that I only remember from studying for the GRE) in the last few columns. Fun work-break! :)

Andrea said...

11900 - I'm German :)

Lilac In May said...

34,200 - I do read alot...

Meg said...

Golly I don't know how but I got 31,000!! Who knew I was so loquacious! Haha but seriously, funambulist, come on, everyone knows that's a tightrope walker right? Is "tightrope walker" not a good enough name for it?! You should send this to your applicants to make sure they know that if they come across funambulist they're going to know what the deal is!! haha thanks for the fun afternoon distraction xx

R.L. said...

I got 27,000 and I'm a native speaker. The last ones were tough and I only knew maladroit thanks to Weezer's album.

Rosie said...

This is awesome! I got 24,800, not sure if that's good or bad!? I was feeling so smug until I got to the third column in the second page of words, and then was like…'Oh…' ;)

Cindy Berry said...

29,300. I am a voracious reader and was surprised to see that I am below the median for my age!

Haley said...

27,300--around the 70% percentile for my age. Not bad. Some of those words I hadn't even heard of, though!

Umbereen said...

37,500- English is not my native tongue- but so many of the more difficult words were French or had Latin roots- both languages I studied in high school

jamie said...

I was a little disappointed in mine! Only 25, 000! I thought I knew more than that. Guess I better read some more! Lol

Jody said...

32,800

You better believe I'm going to be brushing up on my vocabulary at rice and retrying this in a few weeks.

Thanks for sharing!!

Aja Lake said...

25,800. I was obsessed with that New York Times dialect quiz that was circulating recently. Now this!

Jesse said...

34,200

The Wednesday Chef said...

33,300 - that was HARD!

Kimberly Kelly said...

28,000 Wow thought I would do better Learning curve coming

KKat79 said...

27,700. And I second Weezer for giving me maladroit:)

Kristian said...

34,100. Lol, my husband's first compliment to me after meeting for the first time was that I had a big vocabulary...

keeley said...

I got 33,200. There were a lot of hard ones that I definitely didn't know, but I knew one of the definitions for tricorn, Joanna - a type of hat!

seashoreknits said...

39,000
but I'm way middle-aged :)

Maywyn Studio said...

27000. sigh.
words at the end, I know several, but forget a way to define them lowers my count

Joanna Goddard said...

haha sammie me too :)

Jillian L. Schweitzer said...

24,800 and a native English speaker. Makes me want to brush up!

Joanna Goddard said...

whoa, umberdeen, you rock!

Amanda said...

32,600 - I may have to to look back it and look up some of them! Be sure I actually knew them as well as I thought and learn some new ones.

LPC said...

36,700.

English professor for a father, Comparative Literature major who speaks French. Some of those words were French origin:).

Ana de Almeida said...

17,700 and I am Portuguese!

Holly said...

34,400. Those last words were incredibly difficult.

natalie blair said...

34,200. This was super fun!

Niamh Roisin said...

36,500! Fun quiz!

Sam M said...

32,200 - Now I feel like I need to look up all the ones I didn't know.

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S said...

I got 28,500

Nick UK said...

36,300 not too shabby

Ilaria said...

I scored 21,800. I'm Italian mother tongue, so I'm pretty satisfied :D
Thanks for sharing, Joanna: the test is very fun.

S said...

I got 28,500

Erin said...

32,600! Wow, now I'm going to go brag to my office-mates!

okorolev said...

17,500 and i'm Russian. Feel kind of sad because i almost minored in English.

Rachel @ Rainy Days & Rubber Ducks said...

I got 28,300. . . very interesting!

valerie said...

24,200. I've always thought I had a decent vocabulary, but looking at some of the other responses, I wonder! Guess I'll be making time to read more fiction...glad to have an excuse! :)

Allison Wynant said...

22,500! What a fun game :)

Allison Wynant said...

22500 - what a fun quiz :)

Jennifer Tolgyesy said...

21,000 words...I think I need to read more!

CarmenB. said...

How fun! Reading all the results made me feel so competitive.
I scored 25,500. Maybe all that reading has paid off.

Towards the end there were so many unfamiliar words. Can't wait to look them up.

Kristin said...

31,100! A little disappointing, as a PhD student in the humanities...

liz @ btb said...

24,400, eh...could be better. Some of those words were pretty out there. I had an online dictionary opened up in a second window just to see what the words really meant.

Liz A said...

15,600. that's pretty embarrassing!

drprinter said...

33,900... but I must say, most of the more challenging words were GRE vocabulary from 4-5 years ago.

Melody S. said...

42,300. I am a writer, though.

becca said...

24,100

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NKM said...

18,700 - I am Russian. But I was hoping to do better....

jasmine said...

22,200 (and I'm a math teacher who reads all summer...)

Heather Robinson said...

39,200! Yay for acting Shakespeare and speaking French...both very helpful. :)
Was happy as I busted the emotions quiz more than I would have thought...

Michelle Cyprus said...

Interesting! I got 25,000... and I work as a writer! Whoooops. I was familiar with most of the words but not clear on their meanings... shoot. I guess I need to brush up. :)

Michelle from PermanentDaydream.com

graciegirl said...

25,800

Jules said...

20,000
Foreingner (English is actually my 3rd language).
Nice ego boost, I admit.

Thanks so much for the link, it will be heavily shared!

http://icrossedtheatlantic.blogspot.com/

Meet Melania said...

13000 i'm a NON native speaker and i went in England only for a month ten years ago. I learned it this well by watching billions of TV series. It sound funny i know :D
Kisses from Milan to all of you

Elina Suomesta said...

I got 23,600. Most of the words were somewhat familiar to me but couldn't fathom them without a context. English is not my native language but I do read a lot. Apparently, it pays :)

Amanda said...

32,600

I need to read more fiction. I read too much YA. And I'm a writer. That number should be higher.

katie said...

34,200. I don't read as much as I want to, but I'm good with this.

Unknown said...

21800 and I'm French! But that actually helped with words like embonpoint! :)

Gabriella said...

32,400! But I'm a book editor, so I'd better have a big vocabulary...and some of these were still stumpers.

Christina said...

Only 24,100 :( I'm a voracious reader, but I guess my vocabulary isn't great. Time to brush up!

Gwendoline Leach said...

42,700 I was immensely fortunate in my state-funded, comprehensive education and local public libraries.

CĂ©lia said...

19,800. I'm Brazilian.

theannabelleblog said...

34,500
Interesting! I credit a lot of those words to fiction reading (esp. older works like Dickens).

Jennifer said...

25,200 for me. In some cases, I found myself thinking I knew a word (for example, "pastiche"), but after doing a quick Google search in a separate window to check myself, found that I'd almost had it, but not quite!

Trina said...

33,200. Some of these words I've never even heard of! Williwaw? Terpsichorean ? Hypnopompic! Haha. I will have to work more of these into everyday conversation...

Laura said...

31,500. That last column was wicked!

Bethany said...

35,400. Lots of words I'd never heard before!

gail shust said...

29,200 those last choices were tricky!

letters2slinkie.com

gail shust said...

29,200. Those last few were tricky!

letters2slinkie.com

Christy said...

29,000.
Now I want to go learn all the words I couldn't tick...

Melanie Price said...

My score is a 29,500. Not sure if that is good? I am going to look-up a ton of the words I did not know though...
Love this test!

avhh said...

25,000! I can so do better. Interestingly, speaking a foreign language (French) helped me quite a bit with some of these words, but I'm embarrassed that with a degree in English, I only hit 25k!

Joanna Langer said...

24,400- I don't feel as bad about it after reading others' answers, also I'm not a native speaker, I'm Polish. This one was tough!

Eriannejoy said...

As an English major...I should hang my head...21,000. Cool quiz!

Kathryn Lind said...

28,100. It isn't bad, but I thought I'd be higher!

withlove,rosie said...

I'm a tad concerned that people whose first language is NOT english scored higher than I did! YIKES! I need to crack a book… stat!

Natalie S. said...

28,700- not too shabby :)

Tish said...

Dang! I thought I knew a lot then saw folks in the 30k + I'm 22,000 lol. I need to read even more. Not helping my case reading a novel set in Russia...

Make!Do! said...

34,500
Librarian and do the crossword everyday, so actually thought I could do better!

opposing feet said...

39,800 but that's because a). I'm almost 50 and b). have spent 30 years working in book publishing so have read on average 2 books a week all my life, It's all in the reading folks. So impressed by the scores of the non- native speakers here, truly an achievement. Very fun quiz.

Leah said...

I got 30,100 ... the overachiever in me wants it to be higher! (My sister would throw a pillow at me right about now).

Sheila said...

31,100. Reading helps!

Geetika Rudra said...

I scored 27,000, much higher than I expected! www.gggeetika.com

Erica M said...

22,900 words. this is so cool!! i am such a word nerd :) thanks joanna!

Tiffany said...

15,600 and then 17,800. Hey, at least I'm honest.

Traci Hendrix Hart said...

36,900...but dang, now I want to look up those other words! I'll be sharing this with my family (of word nerds!) Thanks for the fun afternoon diversion!

Emily Frandsen said...

23,300. should i be embarrassed . . . ???

Erin said...

34,400. Fun quiz!

Zoe Royall said...

25.7k - way below the median for my age! You have some seriously brilliant (or bookish?) readers. Nice work - cool post as always...

Melissa Gaggiano said...

15,800. I've known that my vocal count is limited. I read quite a bit of fiction, but don't stop to look up words that I do not understand. I want to change that though.

fiendbyname said...

Exactly 30,000! Not bad considering that I only read science articles and the news.

Johanna O said...

27,600. I feel like I need to read more now!

Claire said...

I got 19,900. But then again I'm 18 and haven't started college yet. So hopefully this is just a platform for more! haha.

Meng said...

Mine was 24,000...a little below the median for my age. Not sure how I feel about that...maybe I should start reading some more classics :).

Michelle Ash Latham said...

I got 27,700 -- guess I've got some more reading to do! :)

www.ahealthymrs.com

Emilia McGuckin said...

32,100. What fun! I'm totally sharing this with everyone I know! :-)

EmiliaMcG.blogspot.com

Ginny said...

28,400. I think I need to brush up on my reading!

elaine said...

16,000 I'm Brazilian

Nicole A said...

14,300. I am 20 years old.

Mia D. said...

37,500. I love to read! I also read a lot of historical fiction and a lot of the more difficult words in this test crop up in that literary genre.

Kari said...

I got 35,000. Reading a lot helps, but it's got to be older fiction. Modern fiction doesn't build the vocabulary as well. I was beat by my brainy 19-year-old son, though, at 39,700.

Sasa Zoe said...

:P

www.shallwesasa.com

Ellen said...

22,000 which surprised me. I thought I had a good vocabulary! I read a lot but basically no fiction. I would have done better if the harder ones were science related. :)

Donna W said...

Hey Joanna! I got 21,000. The last few columns were pretty difficult! Thanks for sharing..that was fun.:)

chand said...

22,400

Carmen said...

25,900 and I am from Spain.

lucylucia said...

37,500 words!! Makes sense, I scored high on my GRE test back in the day.

Kate Harrop said...

27,500 words. a little above average for my age :)

Rachel Shingleton said...

Mine was 30,800. I love these kinds of tests - they're so fascinating! It makes me want to learn even more. And maybe that's because I was a champion speller in elementary school. :)

Shannon said...

34,700. I was really honest though.

Michelle Panting said...

29,000. Native English speaker. I was impressed by the words in the final column; I don't think I knew any of them and had only ever heard one or two.

Thanks for the fun distraction!

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

Aidel Knaidel said...

27,800. I was feeling quite smug for the first bit. It got difficult quickly! I'm very impressed with those who scored higher!

Adeola Naomi Aderemi said...

I got 24,000 and english is one of my three native languages!
I need to read more I guess! I know some words because I know their Greek root, since I am also a native Greek speaker.

Lamia said...

30,600 words….was surprised there were so many i did not know. kudos to Umbereen who figured some out because of latin.

Estelle said...

I got waaaay too confident on the first column, then only managed to check a few words on the last one :) still got 22 400 words, and i'm french !

Brooke said...

15,640, it's a little low compared to others posted here but i wasn't surprised by that. I've been playing Luminosty games the last couple weeks and realized that my vocab needed improvement :) I must read much more often!

Maddie said...

31,100...This is the new party game! Speaking of games, has anyone played Anomia? I did on new years and am now totally obsessed. Super fun and wordy...

Mariana said...

32,300... but I think it helped that a few words were randomly related to my field (tricorn, raiment).

deannagabriel said...

29,200

Tami Jardine said...

23800! I didn't tick any in the last column. It was like reading a foreign language. :)

josashimi said...

30,800 - I read literature written in the early to mid 1900s, which accounts for quite a few of the words!

Anna said...

27,500. I only knew two from the last column!

deannagabriel said...

29,200

Cornelia Dodge said...

Yikes, tough test!! 35,100.

Courtenay said...

I only scored a 25,000 and I am working on my PhD...proving how infrequently I have been reading fiction in the past 5 years.

Alison August said...

OMG! I did horribly! 19,800 - it says that most people with english as their native tongue fall in the 20,000-35,000 range. Oy! I'm an English major! And a blogger! I need to brush up...maybe I was too honest.

AK said...

16,900 for a non native English speaker...

Rose said...

29,400 which seems low for an English teacher :(

Erin said...

33,900 - I read a lot, and I'd credit working with snooty English people in London for the upper quarter of my knowledge for sure.

Unknown said...

26,800; I need to start reading more books!

Unknown said...

26,800; I need to start reading more books!

shehryar anwer said...

I like your posts very much because your posts are too much good

madeline said...

Well, my score is too embarrasing to post! Doing it again...

Lilybett said...

34900 - I lecture in communication and media studies, have learned some French and also read a lot (of historical novels). As others have mentioned - heaps of French-based and historic vocab that probably wouldn't even be in a standard English dictionary anymore.

goose and bear said...

31,100. My 8 year old got 12,400. It was a fun mother-daughter activity :)

Michele said...

36,500. Oh, that last column.

Brandon Young said...

I got 45,000 words and was disappointed! Finnegans Wake has that many FONTS nevermind words! I love to test tests, so did you know based on the info YOU give (EG if Rmglish is a 2nd language) AUTOMATICALLY it reduces your stat. I will always destest tests but find them funny. The school I went to was a Gifted & Talented school where it was like Ender's Game/ Wow! Lots of blog followers! Sill me over here writing a silly thesis on Joyce! You probably made money off it too. Well playws. Damn you Social Media. YouTube "Neil Sanders social medi" 11 minute clip, pretty good. Bye Blosphere. OED? Nooshere? Thanks!It's all a nonsense test to get your information! Well done. It tests NOTHING. Telepathy,

Schenck catherine said...

25,700, French speaker (it helps, lots of the words you don't know are from French, like tricorn or embonpoint (means you're a bit plump!), a tricorn is a hat with three sides)
i couldn't remember prurient and others I know I 've learned on vocabualry.com!

Gatelangs said...

I got 31 300. I am Norwegian, and quite pleased with my result :)

O ESTABELECIMENTO said...

19.400 ... but english is not my first language (I'm portuguese, living in Portugal). So I think it is ok...

Kate said...

28,200 woohoo! I'm South African and I think our vocab is pretty good. I have heard comments when travelling abroad that South African English is closer to the Queen's English than many other Commonwealth countries/the US. Sweet :)

La Victorienne said...
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La Victorienne said...

23,400 English is my third language (guess French and Latin helps for understanding some though words)

Nice break!

Kate said...

33,700!

Delphine said...

got 30,000! not a native speaker but being French helped (for once!) since there were a lot of french words / latin roots
loved this test!

Delphine said...

got 30,000! not a native speaker but being French helped (for once!) since there were a lot of french words / latin roots
loved this test!

lifewithgusto said...

How funny! I blogged only today about how annoying my child's obsession with the musical Cats is, but that's where I first encountered and learned the word "terpsachorean", so I guess I have to thank TS Eliot and Amdrew Lloyd Webber for that, if nothing else. Great quiz.

Kate Herd said...

34,000, but I read constantly and am a word geek!

domestikated said...

26,300 and right on the 50th percentile for my age. Was feeling a bit disappointed with that until I read the bit at the bottom saying that all of the results are in the 90th percentile of the population as a whole - "I guess it's a certain type of person who likes doing vocabulary tests on the internet"! Ha!

sheppy said...

32,900 - but speaking French helped a lot :)

Kate Cook said...

34,100 - but being bilingual (French is my second language) helped!! Now I'm off to go google some of those weird words... :)

Livia Cicinelli said...

33700! not too bad for a foreigner :!

Leslie said...

25,800 -- seems small to me, I am a voracious reader but apparently I need to open a dictionary more. fun little quiz!

Welcome back!

Unknown said...

32,900

Emily Fischer said...

I got 25,400. Not too bad!

Emily Fischer said...

I got 25,400. Not too bad!

Cindy Wagner said...

24,500. And now I definitively know it should be a much higher number. let the learning begin!!

Colleen Hofmann said...

24,800 and I'm native English speaker. I guess reading more can always help? Interesting idea for quiz. I enjoyed perusing the data after the quiz.

Ms. Shypoke said...

32500 I saw Parsimonious and that was a word I had to look up in the past because some jerk used it in an email to me.. as in my responses were parsimonious. I thought they were succinct!

SDGD said...

34,500, not too shabby:)

Making it Anywhere said...

33,600... i'm ok with that...

Leah Rife said...

20,000 :) haha, I need to read more!! English is even my first (and only) language. Very insightful test!

Madalena Soares Carneiro said...

24,900
words
and I'm not a native speaker! I just watch to many movies -.-

Ann Cundy said...

33,600, but I was an English lit major. I think I might have known more back when I was reading loads and loads of old novels and plays. Total mommy brain these days. Fun quiz!

goodnightstars said...

I'm not even going to post my score!! I'm going to look up all the words I don't know, read a lot more fiction, and take the test again another time...THEN I'll post my new score. :)

Paul and Cathy said...

29,800. I read for a living...children's librarian ;-)

jill said...

34,000 I read lots of Nabokov whose vocabulary is astonishing. I keep a dictionary alongside to learn all the new words.

Fisher Sisters said...

Such a fun quiz! I'm like you guys- Joanna, Sammie, and Rosie- I felt good until I got to the last columns...

I scored 25, 4000. Not too bad for my age, but as someone that loves to read, I thought I'd do a little better. Maybe I should read more. Or maybe it's the books I'm reading? Oh well. It was a fun mental break. :)

ThreeSistersAttic.blogspot.com

a said...

Step 2 Column 2 contained some of my favorite words! Ragamuffin? I died.

39,300.

Welcome to Metro City!!!!

Annik Lepage said...

31,500. English is my second language. It does help that many of the test's more difficult words have French roots.

Violet Proulx said...

I got 36,200. I'll happily take it & look forward to improving.

lynn said...

22,200. Fudge. :( Better brush up on my vocab words.

Margot Adams said...

18,200 words. Go me!

s jgracie said...

25,700

Cristina Gil said...

I'm proud of myself...I thought I was a lot rustier than the test showed. English is my second language and I havent spoken a word in like 2 years! GO MEEE....Got 19.100 :) (I need to do some more reading, i know)

Cristina Gil said...

I'm proud of myself...I thought I was a lot rustier than the test showed. English is my second language and I havent spoken a word in like 2 years! GO MEEE....Got 19.100 :) (I need to do some more reading, i know)

Michelle Madden said...

Not to get all science-nerdy on a fun vocabulary-nerd exercise, but this methodology seems a little faulty, doesn't it? Seems to me this test only accurately measures what the test taker THINKS he or she knows, right? Like, maybe you THINK you know from tricorn, but then again, maybe you are wrong. Also, I don't know about anybody else, but I had a serious urge to fib and check boxes next to words I'm say 90% sure about, though 90% is not the same is knowing for sure! Seems like a multiple choice test would yield more accurate results.

All that said, fibbing and errors included, I got 25,800…time to get the book club started again:)

Rachel Krug said...

38,500! I am an absolutely voracious reader, so I suppose that would account for it!

toytulip said...

18.100 - English is not my native tongue, so I think that is pretty good! :D

Sue Harris said...

37,000 words

Patty Kantymir Harsch said...

31,300...I'm not sure how?! Seems I know more random words than I thought? :) Thanks for the fun afternoon distraction...

haleysuzanne said...

38,200.

slip4 said...

32,900. Love to read

stockholm said...

Thanks for the link!
Scored 14,100 as a non native speaker after about 10 years of English in school and a one year stay in the US more than 10 years ago.
BUT I also did the test with my son who is turning 5 in March. Since he is 2,5 years old he is going to an international school with 50% native English speaking teachers. English is his 3rd language. And I am so surprised he scored 2,660!

Lucie said...

Scored 20,000 words, being a non-native speaker but currently studying English in my second year of college, I'd say it's pretty good?

christine said...

27,200 - talk about tough words!

Flo~ said...

33,100, but it would be better if I read more. You learn a lot of weird words when you study poetry--I forgot I knew "oneiromancy" until today.

nadine said...

31,200 - but I've just been studying with my 5th grade daughter for the spelling bee!

Taryn Louise said...

I got 20,300 and am embarrassed! I'll just tell myself I was too brutally honest and didn't check ones that I probably knew... ;/

spifferly said...

35,000 words, and whoa! That last line was TOUGH!!

Deirdre Grazioli said...

21,800. Hasn't been an issue yet! (0;

Megan C. Stroup said...

That was fun! I am definitely a "word nerd."

I got 25,700, which looks pretty average from skimming over the other comments. I always thought I had a relatively large vocabulary - guess I'm not as loquacious as I thought! ;)

Elga B. said...

10.500 :( But english is my second language and I've never been to an english speaking country... so I guess I'm fine :P

Kathleen Heffner said...

32,500! oh my gosh! it must be because i read so much. I love to read!

Jennifer said...

21,600. 39 yrs old. College grad. I better do something about this...I'm too old to be so limited.

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