National Dr. Seuss Memorial, Springfield MA. Photo: Bill Hector Weye.

Jason Kottke points to an interesting statistical analysis of Shakespearian works that estimates how many words the poet knew Apparently. Shakespeare’s word list spans over 3 times the average vocabulary of an English-speaker, or roughly 66,534 words.

Of course, he probably invented good number of those words. I wonder how this might compare with Dr. Seuss .