Millions have spoken

The question might have been: How many?

Millions have spoken!

Thirteen

With

One

Are

Included

What 8 letter word are we talking about?

The answer to the question is:

MANDARIN - a language which not only millions have spoken, but billions, in fact!

How do we derive this? By spelling it out like so:

Thirteen = M (the 13th letter of the alphabet)

With = AND

One = A (the indefinite article for something singular)

Are = R (phonetically)

Included = IN

• And there it is! Thanks for not giving up.
– DrD
Commented Sep 9, 2021 at 11:40
• @DrD A sudden flash of inspiration on seeing it again :) Often the way...
– Stiv
Commented Sep 9, 2021 at 11:41
• Also you can use same logic for A as you used for M
– DrD
Commented Sep 9, 2021 at 11:42

My first thought is that the answer is:

Thirteen

I arrived here because:

Thirteen is eight characters long and its the first (one) word in the blockquote.

However, I rethought the puzzle and arrived at:

Fourteen

I based this answer on the fact that:

There is some representation of the numbers one, two, and three (given as thirteen) available in the block quote in some form or another. The fact that two is a part of an acrostic can't be a coincidence. Also, "fourteen" is eight characters long and as such is a plausible answer. Given the fact that "one" is specified, it may be an instruction to look back to the first word of the block quote, which is subsequently related to the number three.

The only downside is:

I was unable to tie the word "are" to either answer.