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Does Wu-Tang Clan really have a bigger vocab than SHAKESPEARE?

Shakespeare is renowned for his enormous vocabulary as well as his introduction of new words to the English language - but can any modern-day writers compete with his literary skills? 

A New York data scientist not only proved that there are indeed contemporary lyricists that can give the playwright a run for his money, he has also discovered that they come from an unexpected source - hip hop. 

By comparing the works of Shakespeare with 85 different hip-hop artists, he found 37-year-old Californian rapper Aesop Rock - who used 7,392 unique words in his first 35,000 lyrics - has a wider vocabulary than the 16th century poet. 

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