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13 Interesting English Language Facts That Will Blow You Away

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English language has become a global knowledge and most of the countries have started to learn the language because of the wide reach it has. It is obvious that the language will have some interesting facts considering it has a huge history.

Though, you have been using the language, you will be surprised to know some of the facts that this language has.

Take a look:

The ‘e’xtraordinary book.

 

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

The Orange myth.

Most of them believe that the word ‘Orange’ has no rhyming word to it. But, that’s not true it actually has a word “Sporange” as a rhyming partner, which means part of a fern.

The oldest word.

 

‘Who’ is the oldest word in English language which has been around for 20,000 years old, approximately.

Words.

 

English is the only language that contains the most number of words. The Oxford English Corpus has over two billion words at present.

Synonyms.

 

The word ‘drunk’ holds the record for having the most number of synonyms, about 2964 of them.

Alphabetical order.

 

The longest word with all its letters in right alphabetical order is ‘Aegilops’, the word ‘Almost’ is not far behind.

Shortest sentence.

 

“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the language.

Ough.

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.”

Pangram.

 

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

Without vowels.

 

The longest word without any vowel is ‘rhythm’.

Perfect sentence.

 

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.

Tittle.

 

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

New words.

 

According to a fact, a new word gets 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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