Friday, September 14, 2012

10 Fun Factoids about English

  1. Only two English words in current use end in "-gry". They are "angry" and "hungry". 

  2. The  most common letter in English is "e".

  3. There are only 4 English words in common use ending in "-dous": hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.

  4. The longest English word without a true vowel (a, e, i, o or u) is "rhythm."

  5. The shortest complete sentence in English is the following. "I am."

  6. The word "alphabet" comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, bēta.

  7. The only word in English that ends with the letters "-mt" is "dreamt" (which is a variant spelling of "dreamed") - as well of course as "undreamt" :)

  8. The word "triskaidekaphobia" means "fear of Friday the 13th". It also means "superstition about the number thirteen" in general.

  9. A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a "pangram".

  10. More English words begin with the letter "s" than with any other letter.

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