count unique elements in list python

# Basic syntax:
len(set(my_list))
# By definition, sets only contain unique elements, so when the list
# is converted to a set all duplicates are removed. 

# Example usage:
my_list = ['so', 'so', 'so', 'many', 'duplicated', 'words']
len(set(my_list))
--> 4

# Note, list(set(my_list)) is a useful way to return a list containing
#	only the unique elements in my_list

Here is what the above code is Doing:
1. Convert the list to a set
2. Get the length of the set
3. Convert the set back to a list
4. Return the list