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Monday, January 24, 2011

Interesting and funny facts about the English language

'Lollipop' is the longest word typed With your right hand. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)

No word in the English languagerhymes with Month, orange, silver or purple.

'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'MT '. (Are you doubting this?)

The sentence: 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' uses every letter of the alphabet.
(Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right Or right to left (palindromes).
(Yep, I knew you were going to 'do' this one.)

There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': Tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
(You're not possibly doubting this, are you ?)

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.'
(Yes, admit it, you are going to say, A E I O U)

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
(All you typists are going to test this out)

What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.

"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

"Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.

'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."

According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is "American."

Widow is the only female form in the English language that is shorter than its corresponding male term (widower).

Victor Hugo's Les Miserable contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.

There is only ONE word in the English language with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OFDOUBLE LETTERS.... Bookkeeper

There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: "indivisibility."

There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

There are only 4 words in the English language which end in "duos": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

The shortest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order is the word "almost"

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, ispneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

The longest one syllable word in he English language is "screeched".

The letter most in use in the English language is "E" and the letter "Q" is least used.

Out of all the eight letter words in the English language, only one has only one vowel in it: "strength"

Only 3 words in the English language end in "ceed": "proceed", "exceed" and "succeed."

Of all the languages in the world, English has the largest vocabulary about 800,000 words.

"The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.

"Forty" is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order. "One" is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.

"Four" is the only number whose number of letters in the name equals the number.

The most common letters in English are R S T L N E.

"Go" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.