Some curiosities of Spanish vocabulary

If you are studying Spanish you will have already noticed that it has a very wide vocabulary. It is a language with many synonyms and the rules of grammar are capricious. Besides being a language widely spoken all over the world, it has many curiosities in its words and also in the language itself. Today we are going to take a closer look at some of them.

Vagaries of Spanish vocabulary

  • There is only one word that contains five R's is "ferrocarrilero".
  • "Ecuatorianos" y "Aeronáuticos" have the same letters, but in a different order. This is called an anagram.
  • Spanish has some 300.000 different words or concepts. However, the RAE only lists 88.000. That is why the Spanish vocabulary is so rich.
  • A Spaniard uses an average of 300 words. An educated person increases the number of words to 500 a day. A journalist or writer can use up to 3000 words a day.
  • Spanish has the gold medal for the fastest language to speak. This is measured by the number of syllables that can be spoken in one second by an average speaker.
  • Since 1994 the letters CH and LL are no longer included in the Spanish alphabet. They are now a thing of the past, although many people still remember them when spelling.
  • the longest word in Spanish collected by the RAE is "Electroencefalografista" , this word contains 23 letters.
  • In the Spanish vocabulary there are four words that have four consonants in a row: transplantar, substraer, abstraer, abstracto.
  • Spanish has more than 4000 words inherited from the Arabs. This represents 8% of our current vocabulary.
  • The only word that contains each of the five vowels twice is "Guineoecuatorial". 
  • Miguel de Cervantes used some 8000 different words in his work Don Quixote.

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