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Take a Look at These Interesting English Facts!

English is not the most widely spoken language. But it certainly is the most famous one. With speakers spread over all the continents, there are many dialects of the language too. But there are many interesting facts about English. Here is a list of such interesting facts:

  • Dreamt is the only English word that ends with “mt”.
  • All male terms are shorter than the female terms except for “widower” (widow).
  • The only two words in English with a set of three consecutive double letters are bookkeeper and bookkeeping. The remaining words are hyphenated.
  • The only word which begins and ends with “und” is “Underground”.
  • The dot above “i” and “j” is known as a Tittle or a superscript dot.
  • “He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas” has seven spellings of the sound [ i ].
  • “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed” has nine different sounds of the combination “ough”.
  • “Angry” and “Hungry” are the only two words that end with “-gry”.
  • “Alphabet” originated from the first two letters of the Greek language – alpha and beta.
  •  The shortest sentence in the English language is “Go.”
  • “Uncopyrightable” is the longest word that can be spelt without repeating an alphabet.
  • George Bernard Shaw once mentioned that the word “ghoti” can be pronounced as fish. This considering how “gh” is pronounced in tough, “o” in people and “ti” in nation.
  • The oldest word in English that is currently in use is “town”.
  • “Four” is the only word which has number of alphabets equal to its numerical value.
  • “One thousand” has the alphabet “A”. However, none of the numbers from one to nine hundred ninety-nine has an “a”.
  • A total of ten words can be made from “therein” without rearranging any letters. These are there, the, in, he, her, rein, ere, here, herein, therein.
  • “Queue” is the Only word in English which is pronounced the same even when the last 4 letters are removed.
  • The longest word that can be spelled without a vowel is “rhythm”.
  • A “pangram” is a sentence that has all the 26 alphabets. An example would be: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
  • Palindromes are words that spell the same even after reversing the word. Examples: “Malayalam” and “Madam.”
  • “Typewriter” can be written using only the first line of a QWERTY keyboard.
  • If numbers starting from one are assigned to alphabets starting from “A”, attitude totals up to be exactly 100.
  • The script in which English is written is “Latin alphabet”. It is also known as “Roman alphabet.”

Can you find some words that defy these facts? Try it! These are just few interesting facts about English. This language is actually a West Germanic language. It slowly spread through the United States, Canada, Australia and so on.


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