Today in the car, K decided to read me some facts to me from one of her books. She rarely goes anywhere without some sort of nonfiction book.
“Dad, did you know that the average person knows between 5,000 and 6,000 words?”
I told her that I’d heard that, and then we started to discuss how many words we might each know. She wanted to list all the words she knows, and I didn’t want to dissuade her because, you know, that’s one good way to keep a kid busy.
But I interrupted her because I wanted to start a discussion on research. So I asked her “How do you think the researchers counted the number of words that average people know?” I figured that was a good starting point.
K, without even waiting a beat blurted out her guess