Interesting Facts about the English Language You May Not Have Known

By the estimation of the British Council around 2 billion people will be learning English by 2020. Here are some interesting facts about the language that is spoken all round the world.

  • In the English language, the shortest complete sentence is “I am”.
  • “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” is the longest word in English and it is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling dust and ash.
  • “uncopyrightable” is the longest word that can be spelled without repeating any letters.
  • The shortest grammatically correct sentence in the English language is “Go.”.
  • The only word in English with three consecutive double letters is the word “bookkeeper”.
  • “I” is the shortest and oldest word in the English language.
  • When turned upside down, “SWIMS” will be “SWIMS” again.
  • Writing the numbers continuously like one, two, three, etc. until you reach one billion you wouldn’t use the letter “b”.
  • The most commonly used letter in English is “E”.

  • “aegilops” which is a type of plant is the longest word with its letters in alphabetical order.
  • The words “silver”, “purple”, “month” and “orange” does not rhyme perfectly with any other word.
  • The word “electrocute” which means killed by electricity is a combination of the two words “electro” and “execute”.
  • The word “set” is the word with the most variety and has 464 definitions.
  • The famous playwright Shakespeare was responsible for many words we write and say today as “fashionable”, “laughable”, “advertising” and the phrase “fight fire with fire”.
  • Every two hours a new word is added in the English dictionary and almost 4,000 new words are added every year.
  • The letters on the English computer keyboard are not set in alphabetical order but in order which provides letters that are most commonly used are not close to each other.

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