Test Your Vocabulary

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What was your score?

  1. Below 20,000

    3 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. 20,000-25,000

    4 vote(s)
    19.0%
  3. 25,000-30,000

    4 vote(s)
    19.0%
  4. 30,000-35,000

    7 vote(s)
    33.3%
  5. Above 35,000

    3 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

    ThisBougieLife

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    Approximately how many English words do you know? Take this test to find out:

    http://testyourvocab.com/

    Check off the words that you can define. Do not check them off if only you recognize them, but cannot define them.

    No test is perfect. This test seems to be skewed away from STEM vocabulary and more toward that of literature.

    The average adult for whom English is their first language will score between 20,000 and 35,000.

    I scored 34,300 :D
     
  2. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Some of the words I know only because I have read fantasy novels. Bugbear? Heilophant? Come on, man. Normal folks would never know them, but it's common knowledge among D&D nerds. Yarp, I question the accuracy of the test. It's akin to peeling potatoes with a cleaver.

    I scored a mere 35,700. Seems a bit high, since I'm a man of few words.:D
     
  3. Huntn macrumors G5

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    How many check marks did that require?
     
  4. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Average: 33,400

    I think it would have been more fun if they actually tested your knowledge of the definitions.
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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  6. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Wow. I scored way lower than I thought I would. I guess I'm a man of simple words.
     
  7. Raid macrumors 68020

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    I tried to be as honest as I could and even where I wasn't sure I didn't check the box, my score was a paltry 30,100 words. Though I thought of someone here when they asked me if I knew the word 'midget'. :)
     
  8. ThisBougieLife thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I posted this on another site and most people were scoring in the 20s, so that's not bad at all.

    The only two on the other site who scored above 40,000 were both English teachers/professors lol
     
  9. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    I only got 30,900 this time.

    versus

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    --- Post Merged, Jul 7, 2017 ---
    Did this test use red herrings?
     
  10. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Ernest Hemingway is also a man of simple words, so you're in good company.;) The man rarely use big words.
     
  11. jerwin macrumors 65816

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  12. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    A better test. More accurate, imo. I scored on 77% Real words. No penalties for non word; and boy there were a lot of non words. About 20% of them were covfefe worthy.
     
  13. ThisBougieLife thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Cool test :D

    I got 80% adjusted (83% real words - 3% fake words). So I only said yes to one fake word, but I missed a few of the real words.
     
  14. SoggyCheese macrumors regular

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    29,700 apparently. Plus 89% (96%-7%) on the other one.
     
  15. Strider64 macrumors regular

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    I was honest as I could be, so I scored a low score thusly I'm not posting it (though it was above 20,000).:D I didn't check words that I've seen, but didn't really know the true definition of it. I mean I can tell what the word means, but doesn't mean I would be 100 percent correct.
     
  16. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Well, that was interesting, thanks. Some of the research from that group at Ghent University is interesting. I scored quite high on both.
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    I got 31,300 - somewhat surprising I suppose, but I guess I owe that number to the fact that I enjoy reading.
     
  18. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    Reading is the way to go. I scored 37100 leaving out any words i recognized and would understand in context but staring at them was unsure of an accurate definition. When I got to "midget" I did lose my concentration :D so I'd say someone owes me another taco.
     
  19. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    I scored 20000, I should lay off my computer magazines..
     
  20. ThisBougieLife thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yep, I don't think I would have gotten the score I did (especially at my age) if I were not such an avid reader. I remember reading The Magus by John Fowles and jotting down over 50 words that I had never seen before in my life (and looking them up).
     
  21. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    You raise an important point, I think. The more involved we get with AI, the more of a hassle it is when techies don't have more liberal arts exposure or else a from-childhood habit of reading past what is required to get by.

    A lot of what we will need to apply code to requires understandings -- and analyisis-- of bodies of knowledge having no direct relationship to math and science. We see that every day if we work as systems analysts where the subject matter isn't all ledgers or rates of return on investments.

    I remember getting into it one day with a systems analyst when we were getting towards making up some specs related to computerizing how a client group handled their information about contracts for exhibiting and promoting movies. The guy hadn't seemed to have asked enough questions to help us sort out entity relationships.

    Looking over his notes it seemed to me the client was telling him the relationship between a contract and a movie was a one-to-one gig. I knew enough to know that wasn't true. In the early on chats with the clients about the project, I'd heard references to "exhibition rights" and "ancillary rights", and I had also heard some guy say something about making a library contract, i.e. one that covered some aspect of rights to a whole raft of films. I remembered writing down the word library and flashing to image of a lot of DVDs on a shelf...

    He said well they didn't say anything about that really. I said OK but did you ask? He said how the heck would I know anything about the movie business. I said, well exactly, they are who have the body of knowledge. We have to pick their brains, and we have to use language they understand. If you say to them "So is this like a one to many thing" they are going to draw a blank. You have to ask them the questions in their own language. "Could you have a contract that covers exhibition rights for more than one movie?"

    And if they say yes, then we have a lot more questions to ask them.. also in their own language. It ain't just zeros and ones. What does ancillary mean? Tell me about exhibition windows, is there a venue that goes with the right to show the product or is it a right to show it anywhere?

    Yah so that project came in late, but at least it came in useful LOL.
     
  22. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Oh my, what a radical thought!:eek:
     
  23. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I hit 35,000 on the nose. I thought it was interesting. Gonna share with my mother.
     

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