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12 Things You Probably Never Knew About The English Language


There are facts. Probably about everything that you could imagine. Even the language this article is written in, have certain facts that we are sure you don’t know. This, English, one of the most preferred languages in the world, has many things that may make you wonder where it’s been all along. And even though you speak this language quite frequently, we bet you are unaware of many things listed here. So get ready, to expand your knowledge base.

1. The Extraordinary Book

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Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a book Gadsby: A Lipogram Novel. The book has around 50,000 words but none of them has the letter “e” in it.

2. The Orange Myth

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People think that there is no word in English that rhymes with orange. But that’s not true. There is a rarely used botanical term called “Sporange” which means part of a fern.

3. The Oldest Word

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The oldest English word is “who”. But how long has it been around? Any guesses? No? Alright. It’s 20,000 years old, approximately.

4. Words

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English is the only language that contains the most number of words. The Oxford English Corpus has over two billion words at present. And we only know about sixty thousand of them.

5. Synonyms

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The word “drunk” holds the Guinness World Record for having the most number of synonyms. About 2,964 of them.

6. Alphabetical Order

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The longest word with all its letters in perfect alphabetical order is “Aegilops”. The word “Almost” is not far behind.

7. Shortest Sentence

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“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. Three letters, that’s it.

8. Ough

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The following sentence shows how the word “ough” can be pronounced in different ways. “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

9. Pangram

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A sentence that contains all the 26 letters of the alphabet is called a “pangram”. People have made quite a lot of pangrams lately.

10. Without Vowels

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The longest word without vowels is “rhythm”.

11. Perfect Sentence

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The following sentence contains all the letters of the alphabet. “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. It is often use to test equipments like keyboards and typewriters.

12. Tittle

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The dot above the letters “i” and “j” is called tittle.

 

13. New Words

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A new word is added to the dictionary every 98 minutes. That makes up to 4,000 words every year, and things like these are enough to amaze us.

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