Outstanding facts of EnglishMay 24, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Posted in English | Leave a comment
As an international language, English has lots of speakers all over the world. How long have you been studying English? Do you know that English has outstanding facts? Here they are.
- The word “set” has the most definitions.
- The longest word in English, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The meaning is a chronic lung disease caused by the inhalation of fine silicate or quartz dust.
- The second longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary is floccinaucinihilipilification. It is the estimation of something as worthless.
- ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word you can type with the keyboard just using your left hand fingers.
- ‘lollipop’ is the longest word you can type with the keyboard just using your right hand fingers.
- ‘Typewriter’ is the longest word that you can type using letters in one row of the keyboard buttons (row QWERTY).
- Almost is the longest word in English with its letters in alphabetical order.
- Vowels (a, e, i, o, u) are used in alphabetical order in the only two words: ‘abstemious’ and‘facetious’.
- E is the most used letter of the alphabet, accounting for one in every eight in written English.
- T is the most frequent used letter of the alphabet.
- Q is the least used letter of the alphabet.
- T, O, A, W and B are the most frequent used letter of the alphabet in the initial position.
- Almost half of the English words are ended with ‘e’, ‘t’, ‘d’, and ‘s’.
- ‘The’ is the most used word. You cannot speak without using ‘the’ for five minutes.
- No words rhyme with orange, silver, purple, angst, scalp, and month.
- Rhythm and syzygy (an alignment of three celestial bodies) are the longest English words without a vowel.
- There are only four words that have suffix ‘-dous’: ‘tremendous’, ‘horrendous’, ‘stupendous’, and ‘hazardous’.
- The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
- You can read ‘racecar’, ‘kayak’ dan ‘level’ from left to right or vice versa.
- ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ uses all letters in the alphabet.
- The combination ough can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.