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So Many Words…

By Richardl @richardlittleda

…so little said

I have a friend who emails once each week with a ‘crop’ of witty bits and pieces culled from the internet. Some are astonishingly clever, some are irritatingly twee, and one or two will be remembered. The one illustrated below will certainly be remembered. On average we speak somewhere between 16,000 and 25,000 words each day. When I look at the list below, it makes me wonder how I use them:

  • Gospel in a nutshell (Romans 5 v.8)  - 9 words
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem – 24 words
  • Lord’s Prayer –  66 words
  • Archimedes’ Principle – 67 words
  • Ten Commandments – 179 words
  • Gettysburg Address – 286 words
  • US Declaration of Independence – 1300 words
  •  EU Regulations on the sale of cabbages – 26,911 words
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If you could see the words you are ‘allowed’ as a finite number today – like a mound of Smarties or a pile of coins – how would you spend them?

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