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Some mind-blowing facts about English language...


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Here are some really mind-blowing facts about the English Language :

  1. “Go!” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
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  2. A pangram sentence is one that contains every letter in the language.
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  3. There are “ghost words” that mean nothing.
    There are some words that appeared in the dictionary because of printing errors. The nonexistent word “dord” appeared in the dictionary for eight years in the mid-20th century. It became known as a “ghost word.”
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  4. The shortest, oldest, and most commonly used word is “I.”
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  5. A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours.
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  6. There’s a name for words that we repeat often.
    Words we always use even though they add no meaning or value to a sentence are called crutch words.
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  7. Swims will be swims even when turned upside down.
    Such words are called ambigrams.
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  8. English is the language of the air.
    This means that all pilots have to identify themselves and speak in English while flying, regardless of their origin.
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  9. Girl used to mean small boy or girl.
    The word “girl” was not initially used to refer to a specific gender. It used to mean “child” or “young person” regardless of the gender.
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  10. ‘E’ is the most commonly used letter in the English language.

  11. Ernest Vincent Wright's book "Gadsby: A Lipogram Novel" is roughly 50,000 words long. None of them contain the letter "e".
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  12. More English words begin with the letter ‘S’ than any other letter of the alphabet.
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  13. The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is ‘uncopyrightable’.
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  14. The longest word in English has 45 letters: ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’! It is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling ash and sand dust.
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  15. ‘Queueing’ is the only word with five consecutive vowels.
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  16. ‘Pronunciation’ is the word which is most mispronounced in the English language!
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  17. The most difficult tongue twister in the English language is “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”.
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  18. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
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  19. The most common adjective used in English is ‘good’.
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  20. The most commonly used noun is ‘time’.
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  21. The word ‘set’ has the highest number of definitions in dictionaries.
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  22. The word ‘lol’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011.
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  23. The word ‘Goodbye’ originally comes from an Old English phrase meaning ‘God be with you’.
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  24. The part of a wall between two windows is called the interfenestration.
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  25. The part of your back that you can’t quite reach to scratch is called the acnestis. It’s derived from the Greek word for “cheese-grater.”
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  26. The infinity sign, ∞, is called a lemniscate. Its name means “decorated with ribbons” in Latin.
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  27. Schoolmaster is an anagram of “the classroom.”
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  28. Funk was originally a Tudor word for the stale smell of tobacco smoke.
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  29. To jirble means “to spill a liquid while pouring it because your hands are shaking.”
    Scarecrows were once known as hobidy-boobies.
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  30. The longest English word with its letters in reverse alphabetical order is spoonfeed.
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  31. Flabellation is the use of a fan to cool something down.
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  32. The shortest -ology is oology, the scientific study of eggs.
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  33. The bowl formed by cupping your hands together is called a gowpen.
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  34. Mochas are named after a port in Yemen, from where coffee was exported to Europe in the 18th century.
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  35. In mediaeval Europe, a moment was precisely 1/40th of an hour, or 90 seconds.
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  36. "Typewriter" is one of the longest common words you can type on the top row of a typewriter.
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  37. The dot above the letters "i" and "j" is called a superscript dot or simply, tittle.
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  38. The longest English word without a true vowel is "rhythm".
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