The Independent writes that the English language will soon have its 1-millionth word.
bq. * Spanish linguists say there are 225,000 words in contemporary use.
* The largest edition of the Duden German-German dictionary contains about 200,000 words
* The Russian language has just reached the 125,000 mark.
* French has 100,000 words, one-sixth of the figure used in the UK.But the Academié Française, the body that defines the language, recognises 25,525.
I don’t know how big the vocabulary of German is supposed to be. I know the Duden doesn’t include words from specialist jargons.