I could be asking a strong contender for the most retarded question of all time here, but what actually constitutes 'words' in the word count? Do reference numbers/links/images/the appenix/spoiler tags/etc. all count as 'words'?
Also what's the best way to verify your word count if you're really close to the limit?
I've had a look for answers to the above but couldn't find anything, so help is appreiated