According to our lexicographer Ian Brookes (former editor-in-chief of The Chambers Dictionary), a large, one-volume English dictionary can contain upwards of 230,000 words. But the English language creates many words by adding various endings to a core word. For example, if we know what 'snow' means, we can work out 'snowy,' 'snowing,' and 'snowstorm.' If we whittle the dictionary down then to its core words, a large dictionary would have about 42,000 entries. Of those core words, 32,000 are technical, regional, and obscure words that many of us don't use, unless we are scientists, academics, crossword enthusiasts, or Scrabble players. That leaves us with about 10,000 core words that form the general vocabulary of English.
These 10,000 words provide a basis to excel in reading, writing and speaking. It won't just help in English and literacy, but in other academic subjects as well.
Mrs Wordsmith curated those 10,000 words with our lexicographer and our machine learning team and placed them into themes such as character words, weather words, action words, and more to make them easier for children to learn.