10 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About The English Language
There are more than 300 million people in the world who speak the English language, making it the third most spoken language in the world. It is also the language that is most evenly spread across the world, meaning that the chances of you finding a person in any country who speaks English is pretty high. The language was first popularized by the British and is now the preferred language to conduct international business and communication. Despite being so widely popular, there are many things you may not know about the English language. This list features 10 of the lesser known facts about English:
Most Used Words
Only 10 words in English end up constituting 25% of all the words we use. These words are – The, Be, To, Of, And, A, In, That, Have and I.
Longest Word In Alphabetical Order
‘Aegilops’ is the longest word in English that has all its letters arranged alphabetically. The second longest is the world ‘Almost’. It’s almost the winner.
Hungry And Angry
The only two words in the modern English language that end with ‘gry’ are ‘Angry’ and ‘Hungry’.
No True Vowel
‘Rhythm’ is the longest English word that does not contain a true vowel.
The shortest complete sentence in English happens to be as simple as ‘I am’.
The sound ‘Ough’ cane be pronounced in many different ways. The following sentence shows all the ways that ‘Ough’ can be pronounced – ‘A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed’.
A Shocking Sentence
The English language can be quite confusing if you aren’t paying attention to the grammar. For example, this is a sentence which has seven identical words in a row and it still makes sense – ‘It is true for all that that that that that that that refers to is not the same that that that that refers to’.
The English language is constantly expanding in terms of number of words added each year. It has been estimated that a new word is added to the language every 98 minutes, which means that roughly 4,000 words are added in various dictionaries each year.
Origins Of Alphabet
The word alphabet was actually derived using the first two letters of the Greek alphabets – Alpha and Beta.
A Pangram is a sentence that manages to include all the alphabets of the English language. Similar to “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”