Two master linguists, in an interview for the ages:
[…] AG: So when animals chat to each other, does them talk in language?
NC: Well, that’s more or less a matter of definition. I mean, every organism has some means of communication, including insects.
AG: How many words does you know?
NC: Well… the… normally humans, by maturity, have tens of thousands of words…
AG: For real?
AG: What is some of them?
NC: Well, the ones we’re using.
AG: For real. Me know loads of words: parachute, photograph, anthems, spaghetti, camera…
NC: Well, if you count them up it’ll be in the tens of thousands. […]