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30 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW

The English language is as fascinating as it is popular and obviously has its own history and quirks. Instead of only focusing on grammar and other theoretical aspects, don’t forget to enjoy its more entertaining side. To help you with this task, I have compiled a list of 30 fun and interesting facts about the English Language.

Continue reading to learn them and get ready to impress your friends with your newly gained knowledge.

 

1. The word “SWIMS” will be “SWIMS” even when turned upside down.

 

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

 

3. A pangram sentence is one that contains every letter in the language. For example the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is a pangram.

 

4. There are “ghost words” that mean nothing. Believe it or not, 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”.

 

5. The shortest, oldest, and most commonly used word is “I”. Medieval manuscripts reveal that some of the oldest words in English are “I”, “we”, “two”, and “three”. This makes “I” one of the shortest and oldest words in the English language. It is also the most commonly used word in English conversations.

 

6. A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours. Between now and your next meal, a new word will be put into the dictionary. During the course of the year, almost 4.000 new words are added! So, the next time you try to catch the attention on the dissertation committee, try adding some new words to your project.

 

7. 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. For example, in the sentence “Then I was like, OMG, then like, he went there, and like… ” it is pretty obvious that “like” is the crutch word. “Actually”, “honestly”, and “basically”, are also commonly used as crutch words.

 

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.

 

9. The most common letter in English is “e”.

 

10. The two most common words in English are I and you.

 

11. The most common vowel in English is “e”, followed by “a”.

 

12. The most common consonant in English is “r”, followed by “t”.

 

13. Every syllable in English must have a vowel (sound)…

 

14. Only two English words in current use end in “-gry”.

 

15. Month, orange, silver, and purple do not rhyme with any other word.

 

16. The English language contains a lot of contronyms – words that can have contradictory meanings depending on context.

 

17. Over 80% of the information stored on computers worldwide is in English.

 

18. English is the official language of 67 countries.

 

19. 90% of English text consists of just 1000 words.

 

20. There are 24 different dialects of English in the US.

 

21. The word “lol” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011.

 

22. What is known as British accent came to use in and around London around the time of the American Revolution.

 

23. Shakespeare invented many words, such as birthplace, blushing, undress, torture and many more.

 

24. The word “Goodbye” originally comes from an Old English phrase meaning “god be with you”.

 

25. Etymologically, Great Britain means “great land of the tattooed”.

 

26. The English language is said to be one of the happiest languages in the world – oh, and the word “happy” is used 3 times more often than word “sad”.

 

27. “Go!” is the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English. Find out some of the longest words in the English language.

 

28. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

 

29. Many English words have changed their meaning over time – for example, “awful” used to mean “inspiring wonder” and was a short version of “full of awe”, whereas “nice” used to mean “silly”.

 

30. We can find 10 words in the 7-letter word “therein” without rearranging any of its letters: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

 

 

Dilnoza Mamutniyazova,

    Student of Oguzhan engineering and

 technology university of  Turkmenistan.



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