17 words for vocabulary enthusiasts

An average college-educated adult’s vocabulary contains only a portion of the words contained within the English language. How many of these terms do you know?

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There are an estimated 750,000 words in the English language —but the average college-educated American has a vocabulary of up to 80,000 words.

That leaves hundreds of thousands of undiscovered words.

Let’s explore words about language and writing. How many of these do you know?

Definitions are from Dictionary.com, Urban Dictionary, Wikitionary and Oxford Dictionaries:

1. Cheville: an unnecessary word used to complete a verse.

2. Cledonism: avoidance of words thought to be unlucky.

3. Epeolatry: the worship of words.

4. Hadeharia: constant use of the word “hell.”

5. Hapax: a word that occurs only once in a given text.

6. Hypernym: a word representing a class of words or things (color is a hypernym of green).

7. Largiloquent: talkative.

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