It’s difficult to give an exact number for the total number of words in the human language because it’s constantly evolving and there are many different languages spoken around the world. However, linguists estimate that there are currently around 7,000 languages spoken globally, and each language has its own unique vocabulary. The largest English-language dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary, contains over 170,000 words in current use, with an additional 47,000 obsolete words and 9,500 derivative words. So, while it’s impossible to give an exact number, it’s safe to say that there are many millions of words across all human languages.
Each word is an expression of an idea. Each word can paint a picture of wisdom. Wisdom has the power to change the world.
“Information has the power to inform, but it is wisdom that has the power to transform. True wisdom comes not just from knowledge, but from the ability to use that knowledge to make a positive difference in the world.”—Brian Roemmele, 1977