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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby The Cat » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:31 pm UTC

To celebrate the end of fat camp, I ate a medium meat lovers pizza with no cheese, and drank a pitcher of sierra nevada pale ale. will upload pictures when I get back to my car. bus leaves at 6:15.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:48 pm UTC

Apparently this website approximates my English vocabulary to 24,500 words.

Not shoddy for a more-or-less self-educated non-native with absolutely zero time in English-speaking countries I guess.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Carlington » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:02 pm UTC

Considering that I'm a native of an English-speaking country, nineteen years old, and with a higher than average level of education and reading comprehension, and I'm estimated at 28700 words, you're doing just fine. (I'm apparently just above the 80th percentile for my age in their data).
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Snark » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:07 pm UTC

I thought I read a lot. I only got 23,700. Maybe that website is crap.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Carlington » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:09 pm UTC

Could be. They have a page detailing their methodology, which seemed okay, but I'm not exactly a professional methodology-reviewer. Also, there's a bit of that page that says leave a ±10% margin of error.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Diemo » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:11 pm UTC

Well, I got 30700 words. Maybe that website is great :).

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby brenok » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:11 pm UTC

Well, I got 12,000

I wonder what happens if you tick all the boxes. Let's experiment.

Edit: Okay, I think the limit is close to 45,000 words. Ticked all the boxes, Native speaker, 100 years old, male, US, lots of books, all degrees.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Menacing Spike » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:12 pm UTC

Interestingly, many of the words they suggest are from french (example: embonpoint). This might inflate my score, which is 31 500, bitches.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:16 pm UTC

Diemo wrote:Well, I got 30700 words. Maybe that website is great :).

I have serious doubts as to how that website works.


They outline their methodology here. Seems legit enough.

It does seem to reward reading about esoteric shit on wikipedia when you're bored. That's how I knew malapropism and myrmidon.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Zarq » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:17 pm UTC

Vocabulary should not be tested out of context, imo. I know what a tricorn is if you use it in a sentence.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Diemo » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:17 pm UTC

44,700 is if you pick everything. Changing the questions on how much you read doesn't make any difference to words known.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Menacing Spike » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:19 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:That's how I knew malapropism and myrmidon.


I knew malapropism from the Great Malamanteau Wikipedia Debacle, actually. Myrmidon I knew from my boundless culture. It's also a Fire Emblem class by the way.

But I'm not found of using all that shit. As some dude says:

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.""
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:20 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:Vocabulary should not be tested out of context, imo. I know what a tricorn is if you use it in a sentence.


"Hey look, a tricorn!"
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Carlington » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:22 pm UTC

The dictionary they chose from was 45,000 words, sorted by frequency of use in English. They eliminated words based on certain factors (false friends with Portuguese, compound words that could be derived from their parts, etc.) with the justification that they want to test "produced" vocabulary, rather than "recieved". Also, the survey at the end is just for their research, and they ask not to dick about with it at the top of the page it's on. =/
Also, I know malapropism from a list of terms that describe literary techniques that I was given to memorise in English class.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Zarq » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:25 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:
Zarq wrote:Vocabulary should not be tested out of context, imo. I know what a tricorn is if you use it in a sentence.


"Hey look, a tricorn!"


That teaches me it's a noun, so it is useful.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Xeio » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:26 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:Apparently this website approximates my English vocabulary to 24,500 words.

Not shoddy for a more-or-less self-educated non-native with absolutely zero time in English-speaking countries I guess.
I'm a native speaker and apparently only scored 23,300.

I was pretty sure they were making up words toward the end there though. And I left "bugbear" unchecked, mostly because I'm thinking they didn't mean the D&D monster...

EDIT: Apparently I'm also below the 50th percentile for my age group? :shock:
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Izawwlgood » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:27 pm UTC

I noticed a handful of 'phased out words', like bugbear. Oh well.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:29 pm UTC

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Zarq wrote:Vocabulary should not be tested out of context, imo. I know what a tricorn is if you use it in a sentence.

"Hey look, a tricorn!"

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Zarq » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:31 pm UTC

Xeio wrote:
EDIT: Apparently I'm also below the 50th percentile for my age group? :shock:


Of their dataset, which they say is approximately the 98th percentile of the population. You're fine.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Carlington » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:32 pm UTC

Carlington wrote:The dictionary they chose from was 45,000 words, sorted by frequency of use in English. They eliminated words based on certain factors (false friends with Portuguese, compound words that could be derived from their parts, etc.) with the justification that they want to test "produced" vocabulary, rather than "recieved". Also, the survey at the end is just for their research, and they ask not to dick about with it at the top of the page it's on. =/
Also, I know malapropism from a list of terms that describe literary techniques that I was given to memorise in English class.

I forgot to mention that they picked words spread logarithmically through the dictionary.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Rodion Raskolnikov » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:38 pm UTC

I got 31,700. Native speaker.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby WibblyWobbly » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:38 pm UTC

33.9k, native speaker, age 30. Y'all trollops better recognize. :)

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby NieXS » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:14 pm UTC

22200, non-native speaker, woo
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby eran_rathan » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:14 pm UTC

42,600, native speaker. but i spend a lot of time in odd, old books (research for the win).
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby eSOANEM » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:18 pm UTC

32.8k, native speaker, 19 (puts me well above the 90th percentile for my age). I'm betting that any classicists will do really well at this because so many of the words it picked are simple latin/greek compounds.

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You, sir, name? wrote:
Zarq wrote:Vocabulary should not be tested out of context, imo. I know what a tricorn is if you use it in a sentence.


"Hey look, a tricorn!"


That teaches me it's a noun, so it is useful.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby cplns » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:08 pm UTC

Native speaker, 28,900. Actually better than I thought I would do.

(Though I should probably up that number if I want to keep writing.)

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:15 pm UTC

30.6k, native speaker. I'm happy I didn't embarrass myself.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Ubik » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:51 pm UTC

Clearly closer to non-native than native speaker's vocabulary, but surprisingly above the bulge in the graph. Still, not really happy with this.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Magnanimous » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:35 pm UTC

Of course there's the old debate about what you actually mean by "word", which is why two perfectly good studies can be off by an order of magnitude. But this looks pretty good if you need to compare people, I think.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby quetzal1234 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:58 pm UTC

33k, native speaker. I was required to take both greek and latin in school, which probably helped.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby teenidle » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:34 pm UTC

17.3k. non-native.

On a completely unrelated note:
(this should be read in a cheerful tone of voice, okay? No, the neutral, or whatever kind of tone you associate with forum posts/stuff you read is simply not enough.)
Hey look, today is one of those days I get really excited about science and math and stuff! (at 11pm, mind you). And then I start reading random books! And looking up stuff on the internet! And then forget all about ever caring about such things a few days later, and then just start watching tv shows all day, or something! But not before I get really depressed because I realize I don't know shit about physics (or how to spell synonym)! So, yeah, today is a good day.
and, uh, I also remembered what I did, like every single day of my life so far: nothing, and then watched half of some movie or other, and then got bored of it, and then did nothing again for a while! but of course, my doing nothing was always so important that it had to continue until, like, 2am, because, uhh, yeah.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Zarq » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:51 pm UTC

I read that in River's cheery voice. It worked rather well.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:28 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:I read that in River's cheery voice. It worked rather well.

as did i. i can't tell whether i should be slightly amused, or fearful for my life.

also: 25,500, native speaker. im not sure if i should be happy about that, it seems low for someone who reads as often as i do.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Deva » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:42 pm UTC

23300 words. Learned "terpsichorean" afterwards. Will never use it.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:47 pm UTC

23,000. Native.
I don't read much, and I think I'm the youngest in this thread (18), so I guess it's a matter of exposure. I'm not at all bad at English. My understanding of grammar and sentence structure is as good as that of anyone I know.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:50 pm UTC

interestingly, filling none of the boxes results in a 20 score.

im not sure what to extrapolate from this, its just interesting.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Deva » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:53 pm UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:interestingly, filling none of the boxes results in a 20 score.

im not sure what to extrapolate from this, its just interesting.

Understood "continue".
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:54 pm UTC

Deva wrote:
Tomlidich the second wrote:interestingly, filling none of the boxes results in a 20 score.

im not sure what to extrapolate from this, its just interesting.

Understood "continue".


not necessarily, the button does have arrows on it. kind of a universal symbol for next page.
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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby bluebambue » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:08 pm UTC

Perhaps there are 20 words more common than the most common word they gave you.

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Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

Postby SurgicalSteel » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:27 pm UTC

Maybe they figure it's damn near impossible for someone to live in an environment where computers and the internet are available without learning at least twenty words by exposure.
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