- Mandarin Chinese is the only language spoken by more people around the world than English.
- The word "alphabet" comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, bēta.
- The three words most common in spoken English are ‘I’, ‘you’ and ‘the’ …
- Only two English words in current use end in "-gry". They are "angry" and "hungry".
- The word "uncopyrightable" is the longest English word in normal use that contains no letter more than once.
- A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a "pangram", for example, "The five boxing wizards jump quickly".
- In English, the @ symbol is usually called "the at sign" or "the at symbol".
- If we place a comma before the word "and" at the end of a list, this is known as an "Oxford comma" or a "serial comma". For example: "I drink coffee, tea, and wine."
- "Go." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
- The longest English word without a true vowel (a, e, i, o or u) is "rhythm".
- The dot over the letter "i" and the letter "j" is called a "superscript dot".
- In normal usage, the # symbol has several names, for example: hash, pound sign, number sign.
- There are only 4 English words in common use ending in "-dous": hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.
- The only planet not named after a god is our own, Earth. The others are, in order from the Sun, Mercury, Venus, [Earth,] Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
- Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
- Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
- A "moment" is actually 90 seconds.
- "Lollipop" is the longest word that can be typed using only the right hand.
- W" is the only letter in the alphabet that does not have one syllable. It has three!
- The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Welcome to my School Wednesday, today I'd like to tell about 20 interesting and very strange facts of the English language.
Thanks for your attention.
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