Originally Posted by Rather Dashing
28,600, which makes me certifiably dumber than Alcore, Puzzlebox, and Tope.
The thing about words is that their primary function is communication. If the people you're trying to communicate with don't understand the words you choose, it doesn't matter how apt or impressive they might be.
I'd argue that it's far more useful to have a basic ability in a second language (or more) rather than knowing a lot of obscure words in your primary language. If you and I were to compare Spanish vocab, I'm sure we'd see how much "certifiably dumber" I am.