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Johnny Butterflyseed Site Exceeds 50,000 Words

We are proud to have added more than 50,000 words to the world to help educate others about butterflies, and their dependence on larval host plants.

The English language is rich and expansive, with some estimates suggesting that it contains over 170,000 words in current use, and many more obsolete words. Johnny answers the age-old question: “How many different things utilize around 50,000 words?”


The average novel length is about 50,000 to 100,000 words. So, a shorter novel could be composed of approximately 50,000 words. The famous National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge, for instance, sets a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel in just one month.

Speeches and Dialogues

Speeches of great length, like those in a court trial or political debate, could tally up to 50,000 words. Over a course of dialogues or conversations, individuals could easily utilize a 50,000-word vocabulary.

Newspapers and Magazines

Newspapers and magazines collectively publish thousands of words in each edition. A larger newspaper might publish around 50,000 words in a single day.

Academic Texts

A Ph.D. thesis often ranges from 50,000 to 100,000 words, depending on the field of study. Similarly, textbooks, especially those covering broad topics, could also encompass around 50,000 words.

Language Proficiency

A native English speaker with a high school education typically knows and uses about 12,000 to 20,000 words, according to research. However, those with advanced degrees, extensive reading habits, or specialized professional vocabularies might well know and use 50,000 words or more.

Script Writing

Depending on the length, a script for a full-length feature film or a series of television episodes might also be composed of around 50,000 words.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedias and dictionaries contain far more than 50,000 words, but a small or specialized one might have entries for around this number.

Mobile Applications

Some mobile apps, depending on their complexity, might consist of around 50,000 lines of code. This could apply to both iOS and Android applications.

Remember, these are just estimates, and the actual word count can vary depending on numerous factors.

Thank you!

We are thankful for all who visit here and for all who plant Milkweed and other necessary host plants. We are proud to be doing our part to help the Monarch Butterfly, and all butterflies… one day at a time!

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