• English words “I”, “we”, “two” and “three” are among the most ancient, from thousands of years.
  • The longest common English word without vowels is “rhythms”.
  • A new word in English is created every 98 minutes.
  • The word “bride” comes from an old proto-germanic word meaning “to cook”.
  • The word “queue” is pronounced the same way when the last 4 letters are removed.
  • 90% of everything written inEnglish uses just 1,000 words.
  • There are more English words beginning with the letter “s” than with any other letter.
  • Nigeria has more English speakers than the United Kingdom.
  • Until the 19th century the English word for actors was “hypocrites.”
  • The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “Go”.
  • Phrases in English such as”long time no see”, “no go”, and “no can do” come from literal translations ofChinese phrases.
  • Only two English words in current use end in “-gry”. They are “angry” and “hungry”.
  • A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a “pangram”.
  • The following sentence contains all 26 letters of the alphabet: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” This sentence is often used to test typewriters or keyboards.
  • The “QWERTY keyboard” gains its name from the fact that its first 6 letter keys are Q, W, E, R, T and Y. On early typewriters, the keys were arranged in such a way as to minimize the clashing of the mechanical rods that carried the letters.
  • The chess term “checkmate” comes from a 14th century Arabic phrase, “shah mat”, which means “the king is helpless”.
  • English is the third most commonly spoken language in the world (the first and second are Mandarin Chinese and Spanish).
  • The closest languages to English are Dutch and West Flemish.
  •  “I” is the oldest word in the English language.
  • “Almost” is one of the longest English words to have all its letters in alphabetical order.
  • Most English grammar and spelling follow the standardised rules set out in Dr Johnson’s Dictionary, which was published in 1755.
  • ‘Bookkeeper’ and ‘bookkeeping’ are the only 2 words in the English language with three consecutive double letters.

 

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