English passed the Million Word mark, June 10 at 10:22 am GMT


 Word Number 1,000,001: Financial Tsunami Austin, Texas June 10, 2009 – The Global Language Monitor announced that Web 2.0 has beаted Jai Ho, N00b and Slumdog as the 1,000,000 th English word or phrase. added to the codex of fourteen hundred-year-old language. Web 2.0 is a technical term meaning the next generation of World Wide Web products and services. It has crossed from technical jargon into far wider circulation in the last six months. Two terms from India, Jai Ho! and slumdog finished No. 2 and 4. Jai Ho! Is a Hindi exclamation signifying victory or accomplishment; Slumdog is an impolite term for children living in the slums. Just missing the top spot was n00b, a mixture of letters and numbers that is a derisive term for newcomer. It is also the only mainstream English word that contains within itself two numerals. Rounding out the final five were another technical term, cloud computing, meaning services that are delivered via the cloud (or Internet), and a term from the Climate Change debate, carbon neutral. At its current rate, English generates about 14.7 words a day or one every 98 minutes.

What is your opinion on this subject?

 the article has not enough technical details included. it seems, well, somewhat popular and kind of fiction.

 You wanted technical details
Here's link to them

 and some more info
English 1,000,000
Chinese(various dialects) 500,000
Japanese 232,000
Spanish 224,000
Russian 195,000
German 185,000
Hindi 120,000
French 100,000
Arabic 45,000

Although, vocabulary of an avarage person is about 17,000 words

 upon my word, they are strange people.
they start fifteen finalists for being 1000000th word with word number 999986 instead of word number 1000000. providing one of the earlier words will be proved to be forged with some malicious purpose and, therefore, not a legitimate word, this scheme will leave no chance for the finalists mentioned to hold their position.

 As to me, linguistic experts have always been a bit queer ;-х