One in Sixty Million or So

The Perseus Collection of Greek and Roman Materials provides a convenient list of Word Counts by Language. As of half an hour ago, the totals were:

English
(42,956,587 words)
French
(2,001 words)
German
(426,929 words)
Greek
(8,263,757 words)
Italian
(178 words)
Latin
(9,244,457 words)
Old English
(1 word)
Other
(3,318 words)

I want to know how a single word of Old English slipped in among the tens of millions in other languages, why it isn’t listed among the ‘Other’ languages, and — most important — what word is it?

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One Response to One in Sixty Million or So

  1. Al Kriman says:

    Probably the reason that it’s not listed among “Other” is that it’s a significant language in Perseus, even though it is not so among Greek and Roman materials. Beowulf, at least, is among the Germanic materials, and a word count of 22 thousand or so is listed there. I imagine the O.E. word popped up in a discussion involving etymology. I also suspect that the language tagging, by whatever combination of human and machine work it was done, is not entirely accurate.

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