With twice as many words why do we sound only half as smart?
In the days of our Founding Fathers, the working vocabulary of the English language was approximately 25,000 words. Today, the English language is estimated to contain more than 1 million.
Depending on which estimate you believe, it’s growing by as many as 25,000 new words — every year.
Yet, we’re completely flummoxed when it comes to the writings of our nation’s Founding Fathers. Take, for instance, President George Washington’s first inaugural address. Here’s just a brief snippet that is among my favorite parts:
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