78 Impressive English Facts

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1. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
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2. There is no English word you can write by only using the bottom row of the keyboard.
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3. The longest English word without a true vowel is "rhythm."
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4. The letter "J" was the last letter added to the English alphabet.
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5. Because the English language is so complex, every day the average person will create a sentence that has never been said before.
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6. The English word 'raccoon' is an adaptation of a native Powhatan word meaning 'animal that scratches with its hands.'
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7. A 1571 law stated that all Englishmen must wear knitted hats on Sundays.
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8. "Fart" is one of the oldest words in the English language.
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9. Some people claim that 'cellar door' is the most beautiful sounding phrase in English.
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10. The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish and Portuguese.
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11. The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
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12. The longest word in the English language with no vowels is Rhythms.
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13. Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions.
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14. "WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW" is the only complete English sentence that, when read in reverse, will be the same.
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15. What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.
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16. Almost is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
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17. The phrase brand new originates from the Old English phrase, fresh from the fire.
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18. "The" is the most spoken word in the entire English language.
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19. The whole of Shakespeare contains only about 20,000 different words - less than half the vocabulary of the average English speaker today.
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20. The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used.
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21. The English word ‘dinner’ comes from the French word disner, meaning ‘breakfast’.
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22. Kim Ung-yong was a child prodigy with an IQ of 210; at 4 years old, he had memorized about 2000 words in both English and German.
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23. A poll reported that women believe Spain, Brazil and Italy produce the best lovers while the Englishmen were considered "too lazy."
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24. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford english dictionary, is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
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25. The most difficult tongue-twister in English is ‘pad kid poured curd pulled cod’.
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26. There is an English word to describe that slight feeling of joy you get from the misfortune of other people - It's 'epicaricacy.'
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27. Of all the languages in the world, English has the largest vocabulary of about 800,000 words.
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28. The most common English word in writing around the world is "the".
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29. The 'sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick' is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
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30. Because the English language is so complex, every day the average person will create a sentence that has never been spoken before
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31. A new English word is created every 98 minutes – About 14 words per day.
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32. The French often use the expression 'the English have landed' to say a woman is on her period.
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33. ‘Misspell’ is one of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.
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34. "The" is the most spoken word in the English language.
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35. "Dreamt" is the only words in English that ends with "MT." Sounds like somone dreamt it up!
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36. In 1883, a man named Jack Ferry crossed the English Channel on a floating tricycle.
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37. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
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38. William Hotten, who wrote the first dictionary of English slang in 1859, died after eating too many pork chops.
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39. There are 923 words in the English language that break the "i before e" rule. Only 44 words actually follow that rule.
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40. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the longest place-name in English.
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41. "E" is the most frequently used letter in the English language.
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42. "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" is an English word that refers to a lung disease that is otherwise known as silicosis.
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43. In 1940, cellophane polled as the third most beautiful word in the English language, behind mother and memory.
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44. In the 15th century, English ‘sweating sickness’ killed thousands of people and then disappeared; nobody knows what it was.
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45. Mastering just 3,000 words in English will make you able to understand around 95% of common texts.
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46. "Coke" is the 2nd most well understood word in the English language after "Okay."
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47. Grand Theft Auto and The Price is Right use the same font (Old English Font).
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48. Shakira can speak English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Portuguese fluently.
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49. The longest English word with all its letters in alphabetical order is ‘Aegilops’, a flowering grass whose name means ‘a herb liked by goats’.
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50. One of the trickiest tongue twisters in the English language is, "Sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick."
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51. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order.
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52. Hawaiian, Icelandic and Zulu have given more words to English than Welsh or Cornish.
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53. Old English medicines included ‘Allan’s Nipple Liniment’, ‘Grimston’s Eye Snuff ’, ‘Miller’s Worm Plums’ and ‘Italian Bosom Friend’.
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54. The root of the English word cheese comes from the Latin caseus, which also gives us the word casein, the milk protein that is the basis of cheese.
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55. The last English woman tried for witchcraft was convicted in 1944.
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56. An English sentence "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is perfectly valid without any grammatical errors.
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57. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
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58. The words "twerk," "derp," and "selfie," have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
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59. "Bride" is an old English word meaning "cook."
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60. There are 923 words in the English language that break the 'I before E' rule. Only 44 words actually follow that rule.
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61. The number ‘2’ is known by 42% of Slovenian two-year-olds but only 4% of English two-year-olds.
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62. Medieval English surnames included Crakpot, Halfenaked, Swetinbedde and Gyldenbollockes.
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63. Jean - Claude Van Damme learned to speak English by watching the cartoon 'The Flintstones'.
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64. The Forme of Cury, a 14th-century English cookbook, has a recipe for porpoise haggis.
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65. ‘Time Person of the Year’ contains the first, second and third most commonly used nouns in English, in order.
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66. A panagram is a sentence that contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet. For example: Pack my red box with five dozen quality jugs.
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67. The French Bulldog is English.
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68. Charles Darwin calculated that English soil contained 50,000 worms an acre.
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69. The English word ‘squirrel’ is particularly difficult for Germans to pronounce.
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70. The English word "Minion" comes from the French word "Mignon," which means "Cute."
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71. The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses.
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72. "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers; a peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked" is one of the hardest tongue twister in English
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73. 'Soccer' is not an Americanism, It's short for 'Association Football' and was popularized by Charles Wreford-Brown, captain of the English national team 1894-5.
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74. Longest English word without any vowel is "twyndyllyngs", which means "twins"
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75. American Sign Language has more in common with spoken Japanese than it does with spoken English when it comes to grammar
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76. "Go." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
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77. The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
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78. For 500 years from the 13th century, 70% of Englishmen were called Robert, John, Thomas, Richard or William.

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