The Oxford English Dictionary is 20 volumes and contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. That is an insane number of words. But just because a word exists in the dictionary doesn’t mean that one should actually use it. Think about your reader. If your reader needs to have a dictionary sitting next to them just to understand what it is you’re writing, then you may want to rethink your word selections.
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