Does Tyler Cowen have a limited vocabulary?

16 Jun

In a recent blog post, Tyler Cowen wrote  “I think of myself as commanding only a limited English-language vocabulary.”

I am very skeptical of this claim.

Cowen has a Ph.D. from Harvard and higher education is positively correlated with vocabulary size. Cowen is also a famously fast reader of complex academic texts. I do not see how such a reading speed would be possible without good sight reading knowledge of a very large vocabulary.

Here is Cowen’s advice for reading fast.

And here is his trip to The Strand with Michael Orthofer.

One Response to “Does Tyler Cowen have a limited vocabulary?”

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol June 16, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Tyler Cowen’s blog is one of my favorites too. As far as his “limited vocabulary”, I think he’s onto something: there is an “optimal level” of number of words one should know in order to communicate persuasively …

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