Interesting facts about LANGUAGE!

Hello everyone and welcome back to another learning day in LANGUAGE FACTS! Today we found you guys some JUICY new goodies. Enjoy and we will be back with more awesome ones next week.

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  • According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is “American.”
  • Widow is the only female form in the English language that is shorter than its corresponding male term (widower).
  • Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.
  • There is only ONE word in the English language with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OF DOUBLE LETTERS…. Bookkeeper
  • There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: “indivisibility.”
  • There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
  • There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
  • There are thirteen languages spoken by more than 100 million people. They are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Malay-Indonesian, French, Japanese, German, and Urdu.
  • There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers. The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. There are 885,000,000 people in China that speak that language.
  • There are only two sequences of four consecutive letters that can be found in the English language: “rstu” and “mnop.” Examples of each are understudy and gynophobia.
  • There are only 4 words in the English language which end in “duos”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • There are at least two words in the English language that use all of the vowels, in the correct order, and end in the letter Y: abstemiously & facetiously.
  • There are 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.
  • 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.
  • The word “honcho” comes from a Japanese word meaning “squad leader” and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.
  • The shortest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order is the word “almost.”
  • The Philippines has more than 1,000 regional dialects and two official languages.
  • The only MLB team to have both its city’s name and its team name in a foreign language is the San Diego Padres.
  • The longest word in the Finnish language, that isn’t a compound word, is ‘epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen’. In English it means ‘even with their lack of ability to disorganize’.
  • The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
  • The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.
  • The longest one syllable word in he English language is “screeched”.
  • The letter most in use in the English language is “E” and the letter “Q” is least used.
  • The computer programming language ADA was named in honor of Augusta Ada King. The U.S. Defense Department named the language after the Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron because she helped finance and program what is thought to be the first computer, the “analytical engine” designed by Charles Babbage.
  • The Chinese language does not require punctuation.
  • The “huddle” in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn’t want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
  • South Africa used to have two official languages, now it has eleven.
  • Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say ‘many things’ and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -in many places -refers to ’40 days,’ they meant many days.
  • Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means “the capital” in the Korean language.
  • Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, “I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language. This isn’t a kindergarten for amateur writers.”
  • Out of all the eight letter words in the English language, only one has only one vowel in it: “strength”
  • Only 3 words in the English language end in “ceed”: “proceed,” “exceed,” and “succeed.”
  • On June 26th, 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco. (The text of the charter was in five languages: Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
  • Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions.
  • Of all the languages in the world, English has the largest vocabulary about 800,000 words.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

 

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