- #1722117vale019 June 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm
10 Interesting Facts About the English Language that You Didn’t Know
Did you know that enneacontakaienneagon is actually a word in the English language? (And you thought pronouncing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was difficult?). In fact, the meaning of the word is just as bizarre as the word itself: it’s a shape with ninety-nine sides.
Compared to other languages, English may seem simple, but that is probably because most people don’t realize it is full of crazy inventions, misinterpretations, mistakes, strange words, and needless words!
Let’s take a look at ten interesting facts about the English language:
1. Shortest Complete Sentence
“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
3. Longest Word
This extra long word (that approximately means “fantastic”) was popularized by the movie Mary Poppins and was eventually added to the dictionary. What you probably didn’t know is that there is a word that is longer—yes longer—than this one. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling ash and dust. Go ahead and try pronouncing that!
4. There are “ghost words” that mean nothing.
There-are-“ghost-words” Believe it or not, there are some words that appeared in the dictionary because of printing errors. The nonexistent word “dord” appeared in the dictionary for eight years in the mid-20th century. It became known as a “ghost word.”
5. Oldest Words
Medieval manuscripts reveal that some of the oldest words in English are “I,” “we,” “two,” and “three.” This makes “I” one of the shortest and oldest words in the English language. It is also the most commonly used word in English conversations.
6. New words
Between now and your next meal, a new word will be put into the dictionary. During the course of the year, almost 4,000 new words are added! So, the next time you try to catch the attention of the dissertation committee, try adding some new words to your project.#1722124vale019 June 11, 2019 at 4:35 pm
7. Repeated Words
Words we always use even though they add no meaning or value to a sentence 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. “Actually,” “honestly,” and “basically” are also commonly used as crutch words#1722140bobbityMemberMember since: September 14, 2006
Replies: 8589bobbity June 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm
Ear… Auricularia auricula judae. commonly known as Judas’s ear fungus.
Worlds largest living Organism roots cover 800 hect. edible but not taste very good. Honey mushroom…
I love all GUppies
♫♪✿(◠‿◠)✿♥♫♪#1722169bobbityMemberMember since: September 14, 2006
Replies: 8589bobbity June 11, 2019 at 5:31 pm
Interesting facts Val! Having learnt Latin words when nursing I can decipher some words by breaking it apart. As for new words being added all the time, people seem to be making up new words themselves and then we do find them added to the dictionary after a while, even crude/dirty words. Another interesting thing re boys and girls, apparently pink used to be for boys and blue for girls. Someone must have seen the light later on and changed them around. 😆 🙂 😀
I love all GUppies
♫♪✿(◠‿◠)✿♥♫♪#1722336kaiMemberMember since: January 4, 2008
Replies: 9422kai June 12, 2019 at 5:25 pm
Great posts Supergold,, Val(amazing the english Language one)Bobbity (that Glass looking fungus) wow, and others.who posted …Thanks
This pic interested me in the Beatles tour book ,That I thought had NZ tour in as well but only UK ones.
The Banana Baskets the girls there had in 1963 dont think NZ caught up till late 60s maybe early 70s ??? but we all had them back in the day ..
Think the pic shows the lengths teens went to , to see them,when the Beatles and those fab English groups were popular
Cheers From Kai
#1722391vale019 June 13, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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Unusual road sign says “Drive Slowly, Fish Crossing”—speed limit 40.
Happens in vicinity of Skokomish River, Shelton, Washington, USA.
If the river floods the salmon take short cuts swimming across the road to go upstream to spawn. Happens almost every year.#1722400vale019 June 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm
Sorry, I wasn’t ignoring your advice, SG, but I wanted to try a smaller mp4 file this time but it still won’t upload. Sigh!!!#1722409#1722431supergoldMemberMember since: May 9, 2009
Replies: 9017supergold June 13, 2019 at 8:59 pm
Wow that’s clever!
I had the same problem when I tried to post an mp4 item as well but couldn’t find an alternative similar item in youtube. 😥
Vale, Bobbity and Kai – wonderful facts and pictures. Thank you. 😀
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