Interesting Facts about English

  • "I am" and "I do" are the shortest English-language sentences with a subject and verb.
  • "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is screeched.
  • "Floccinaucinihilipilification" is the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary. It means "the act of estimating as worthless."
  • The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuaki tanatahu, a New Zealand hill. It means, "The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knee who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played on his flute to his loved one."
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  • Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump.'
  • "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand; lollipop" with your right.
  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  • The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable".
  • The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
  • There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: "indivisibility."
  • The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
  • "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • How many words do you need to learn in order to communicate in most situations? A vocabulary of between 1500 to 2000 words should be enough for most circumstances. The more you know the better because even though you can control the words you use, you can't control the other person. Because of this, you need to learn more words to understand well than you need to speak well.
  • What are the world's most widely spoken languages? Estimates of how many people speak a language can never be completely precise and therefore vary considerably. However, English English com, together with World English, have come up with the following figures: Mandarin Chinese (837,000,000), English (370,000,000), Spanish (300,000,000), Bengali (189,000,000), Hindi/Urdu (182,000,000), Arabic (174,950,000), Portuguese (170,000,000), Russian (170,000,000), Japanese (125,000,000), German (98,000,000), Javanese (79,000,000), French (75,000,000)
  • How many words does the average native speaker of English know? This depends on the speakers level of education, background etc. but somewhere between 12,000 and 20,000. Shakespeare used more than 30,000 words in his

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