How Big Is Your Vocabulary?: Today in Critical Linking

Critical Linking is sponsored today by Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner.

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Ever wonder about your vocabulary size? Even if you are a daily English speaker or a native English speaker, you still might find this test challenging! We conducted academic research and looked at online resources to design the model of this quiz. We believe we’ve prepared the best quiz for you!

How big is your vocabulary? This quiz says it can tell you.


The concept, which Barnes & Noble is calling the Glossary, is currently being tested in three on-campus bookstores at colleges around the country, with a fourth on the way next month. As in other brick-and-mortar favorites, the new beauty section allows students to look at and test new products (because, let’s be real, you really need to see how that foundation shade blends onto your skin) and is reportedly home to premium brands—like Smashbox, Butter London, Philosophy, and Lipstick Queen—as well as drugstore go-tos, like CoverGirl, Burt’s Bees, and Maybelline New York.

Beauty products in Barnes & Noble. I guess it goes along with the expanded sidelines into toys, games, and stationary: offer products that book buyers might want. 


However, it’s the fact that a word doesn’t appear to have an ‘exact match’ in English that makes it so potentially intriguing (and, in common parlance, renders it ‘untranslatable’). Such words pique our interest, and for good reason. Above all, they appear to indicate the existence of phenomena that have been overlooked or undervalued by English-speaking cultures.

Good long read on what it means when a language doesn’t have a direct translation of a particular word.

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