Wednesday, June 10, 2009
There have been a flurry of media reports about the "news" that English is getting it's one millionth word! The most disturbing issue with all these new words is that the average length of a word has increased from 5.1 around 1900 to 7.3 at the present time. To counter this, the Unicode consortium has announced plans to add 20 new letters to the English alphabet. It's predicted that these new letters will stabilize the average length of a word well into the 21st century.