Amazing Facts About English

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7383835386_f6c4320278_zBrief Introduction:

The English language is 1,400 years old and traces its birth back to the soil of Western Germany. With the dawn of the 15th century, the advent of printing presses grew manifolds ensconcing the universe within the petals of “the modern English language.” Modern English is uniquely flavored with a syntax relying on auxiliary verbs and word order. Modern spoken English flows in diverse dialects, yet enables distinct dialect speakers to have effective communication with each other. Currently, with the boom of the internet, the English language has blended the entire world under its wings with the status of the global “lingua franca.” It is also the third most common native language in the world, officially recognized in 67 countries, 27 non-sovereigns,  and various other regional and international organizations.

Fact 1:

English is the language being spoken by one in seven people on the Earth, accounting for one billion of the world’s population.

Fact 2:

Nigeria is populated with more English-speaking tongues when compared to the United Kingdom (UK).

Fact 3:

English language is a reservoir of vocabularies whose mouth is expanded to accommodate a newly created word every 98 minutes.

Fact 4:

The current edition of the Oxford dictionary contains 6, 15,000 words with 4,000 new words being added every year.

Fact 5:

The infamous internet slang “lol,” the acronym for “Laugh Out Loud,” was officially registered with the Oxford dictionary in 2011.

Fact 6:

The shortest complete sentence in English is “Go!” in contrast to the longest complete sentence that is believed to have appeared in a novel titled The Rotters Club with a record of 13,955 words.

Fact 7:

In the records of the old English, the day after tomorrow was mentioned as “Over morrow.” The word “noon” was originally referred to as 3 p.m.

Fact 8:

If numerals were written in order, the letter “B” never occurs even once until the numeral one  billion is reached. Eleven percent of the entire English language is constituted by the letter “E.”

Fact 9:

The most difficult tongue twister of the English language is given as “Sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

Fact 10:

The longest English word is “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis,” in contrast to the shortest word “I.”

Fact 11:

There are literally no words to rhyme with orange, month, silver, angel, and bulb.

Fact 12:

The longest English word without a vowel is “rhythm.”

Fact 13:

“Anagram” is wordplay that allows the original letters of a word or phrase to be rearranged to create a new word or phrase. An example of this fascinating wordplay is “the countryside,” rearranged from “no city dust here.”

Fact 14:

The most mispronounced word is “pronunciation.”

Fact 15:

A sentence which includes all 26 letters of the alphabet of the English language is called a “pangram.” An example of this is the sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

Fact 16:

The word “Dord” appeared in the English dictionary in the mid twentieth century due to a flawful printing. Words with no actual meaning were later known as “ghost words.”

Fact 17:

Many of us would have definitely wondered how we would define the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves, and that is called “psithurism.”

Fact 18:

The one-syllable longest word is “Screeched.”

Fact 19:

The word “computer” was initially used to refer to a person in 1613. In 1869, it was refined to refer to a machine; and in late 1946, it was reframed to mean an electronics device.

Fact 20:

The longest word with no repetition of letters is “uncopyrightable.”

Fact 21:

Startling” is the only nine letter word where one letter at a time can be removed to create another new word:

Startling: very surprising

Starting: beginning

Staring: to look fixedly

String: a material twisted to form a thin length

Sting: a musical sound

Sing: a musical vocal sound

Sin: an immoral act

In: within

I: Singular pronoun

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