Do You Have a Gargantuan Vocabulary?  


I’m in the middle of my favourite kind of problem – that is, editing my manuscript. I’ve posted about it before, but I kind of enjoy the puzzle of sorting out crooked paragraphs and rearranging scenes to improve the plot pace. In an effort to speed up the plot in the first section of the book, I came up with an idea for two totally new scenes, and I’m pretty excited to write them. I’m enjoying this type of problem much better than a completely unrelated issue that I’m dealing with at work. That is interesting too, and admittedly more urgent, but also more difficult to solve with the mere power of my imagination!

So anyway, this is a bit of a short post this week since I have a pretty big list of things to do. As you may know from previous posts, I enjoy learning complex and often nearly obsolete words, even though the chance to use them in a real conversation rarely comes up. Word-nerd that I am, I was pretty excited to find a quiz that tests your vocabulary. It gives you a list of words, and you select the ones that you understand the definition of and could use correctly in a conversation. Based on the number selected, it calculates your approximate broad vocabulary.

Check it out at this link.I got 36,100, which is about right for a native English speaker and avid reader and writer. I think it’s a safe bet that my other reading and writing fanatic friends will have pretty solid scores!

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4 thoughts on “Do You Have a Gargantuan Vocabulary?  

  1. That was a shock to me. i can’t remember my SAT verbal score from 55 years ago, but I know it was high. I although I love to read, I have not always had time to read fiction consistently since leaving teaching. At 71, I see my vocabulary deteriorating and I only scored 26,800. Many of the words I recognized but could no longer define. I did notice that the curve did dip slightly at the older end, so, evidently I’m not the only one who is forgetting what I once knew. Time to read the dictionary more. And now I have an excuse to keep reading fiction. I have been reading a lot of it in the last six months.

    • I think it’s particularly hard to remember words when you don’t get a chance to use them, as is the case for a lot of the obscure words in the vocabulary test. This happens to me with languages too. I took French all through high school, and by the end, I had a pretty good understanding. My grammar wasn’t perfect and I was slow to form sentences, but I could understand most things, as long as the sentences weren’t too colloquial. Not anymore though! Since I have barely used it in 10 years, I have forgotten a huge amount of words and my understanding has dropped significantly.

      I’m glad you are having more time to read! Since it’s pretty much my favourite activity, I’m always happy to hear about others enjoying it too.

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