At Under the News, I learned, in one post, two things. One is amazing, one sad. The amazing thing is that the English language now boasts more than one billion available words, a number that defies my limited imagination. The sad thing is that the average American uses only 14,000. When I was a kid, not too, too long ago, we were taught that the average American showed a sad decline in intellect by using only about 25,000-30,000 words. This was compared to the 40,000 words, or so, that the "average" American apparently could call upon immediately after WWII. Anyway, for more details and a cool link, go here.