10 Interesting Facts About the English Language that You Didn’t Know
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10 Interesting Facts About the English Language that You Didn’t Know
Let’s take a look at the top 10 interesting facts about the English language:
1. “I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
2. 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.
3. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (*breath*) is NOT the longest word in English.
There it is! Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling ash and dust.
4.There are “ghost words” that mean nothing.
Believe it or not, there are some words that appeared in the dictionary due to printing errors and meant nothing.
5.The shortest, oldest, and most commonly used word is “I.”
6. A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours.
7.There’s a name for words that we repeat often.
They 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.
8.Swims will be swims even when turned upside down.
Such words are usually called ambigrams.
9.English is the language of the air.
This means that to communicate all pilots have to identify themselves and speak in English, regardless of their origin.
10.Girl used to mean small boy or girl.
The word “girl” was not initially used to refer to a specific gender. It used to mean “child” or “young person” regardless of the gender.
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