20 Interesting Facts About the English Language

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world so it is not surprising that so man people want to learn ... Facts About The English Language


Interesting Facts About The English Language

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world so it is not surprising that so people want to learn how to speak English. In your English classes, you no doubt learn interesting things but I’m sure you haven’t heard all of these facts before:

1 ‘E’ is the most commonly used letter in the English language. In fact, as many as one in eight of all the letters written in English is ‘e’.

2 More English words begin with the letter ‘S’ than any other letter of the alphabet.

3 ‘I am.’ is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

4 The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is ‘uncopyrightable’.

Interesting Facts About The English Language

5 The following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: ‘He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas’.

6 Do you know what is special about the following sentence? ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’. This type of sentence is called a ‘pangram’ as it uses every letter in the English language.

7 The longest word in English has 45 letters: ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’! It is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling ash

8 There is no word in the English language that rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

9 ‘Queueing’ is the only word with five consecutive vowels (five vowels in a row). This is a great word to use when you play hangman!

10 ‘Pronunciation’ is the word which is most mispronounced in the English language!

11 Due to a printing error, there was a word in the English dictionary from 1932 to 1940 which didn’t have a meaning. The word was ‘Dord’ and it became known as ‘ghost word’.

12 Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.

Interesting Facts About The English Language

13 English is the official language of the sky! It doesn’t matter which country they are from, all pilots speak in English on international flights.

14 There are nine different ways to pronounce ‘ough’ in English. This sentence contains all of them: ‘A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.’ You can search for these words on the Cambridge Dictionary website to listen to their pronunciation. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

15 The most difficult tongue twister in the English language is “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”. Why not try it out on your friends and see if any of them can say it without making a mistake?

16 Only two English words in current use end in “-gry”. They are “angry” and “hungry”.

17 The word “bookkeeper” (along with its associate “bookkeeping”) is the only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters. Other such words, like “sweet-toothed”, require a hyphen to be readily readable.

18 The word “alphabet” comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, bēta.

19. The dot over the letter “i” and the letter “j” is called a “superscript dot”.

20. 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.”

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