1. Word words words

Shakespeare has long been considered the master of words, with the largest vocabulary measured. And although we may not all want to speak like Shakespeare, there are often occasions were we might wish we had a better vocabulary, or knew how to express ourselves more accurately.

Some critics say our use of language has lost some of its grandeur, becoming eroded by abbreviations and 'text speak'. But, while the length of our words may be getting shorter, their range is expanding.

Every hobby and interest carries its own collection of words to describe it, from sci-fi to sport, and different industries use specific jargon. So there are a lot of words out there, but can you calculate how many you know?

2. Lexicon lover?

Watch this short animation explaining how to test the size of your vocabulary:

Test devised by linguist, writer and broadcaster, Professor David Crystal.

3. Is your vocab bigger than the Bard's?

How does my vocabulary size compare to others?

Figures taken from research carried out by English Today (Cambridge University Press).

4. QUIZ: What does it all mean?

See if you possess the wherewithal to efficaciously navigate our succinct examination:

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5. Becoming a thesaurus

What can I do to expand my vocabulary?

Read, read and read some more

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Read, read and read some more

Read anything, from fiction to fact, magazines to poetry. Any kind of reading will help, the more varied the better.

Word-a-day calendar

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Word-a-day calendar

Get a calendar that will help you learn a new word each day. Place it somewhere you will see it regularly during the day, like your desk or fridge.

Crosswords

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Crosswords

Crosswords are a fun and challenging way to use the knowledge you already have, and are likely to introduce you to words you don’t yet know.

Write something

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Write something

They say everyone has a novel in them - but, if that seems too big a challenge, try writing a diary, a letter, a poem or even just a postcard.