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The Oldest English Word That Is Still In Use Is ‘Town’. (Video)

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National Grammar Day is observed across the United States each year on March 4th.

  • According to Global Language Monitor, the estimated number of words in the English language is 1,025,109.  There is some controversy over that figure, but it’s safe to say it is over a million.
  • There are some hard and fast rules of grammar, though.  Even some of those come up for debate from time to time.
  • Have you ever heard of the Oxford comma? a comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’ (e.g. an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect ).
  • English actually originates from what is now called north west Germany and the Netherlands.
  • The phrase “long time no see” is believed to be a literal translation of a Native American or Chinese phrase as it is not grammatically correct.
  • “Go!” is the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English.
  • The two most common words in English are I and you.
  • 11% of the entire English language is just the letter E.
  • The English language is said to be one of the happiest languages in the world – oh, and the word ‘happy’ is used 3 times more often than the word ‘sad’!
  • The US doesn’t have an official language.
  • The most common adjective used in English is ‘good’.
  • The most commonly used noun is ‘time’.
  • The word ‘set’ has the highest number of definitions.
  • Month, orange, silver, and purple do not rhyme with any other word.
  • Over 80% of the information stored on computers worldwide is in English
  • There are 24 different dialects of English in the US.
  • The word ‘lol’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011.
  • Shakespeare invented many words, such as birthplace, blushing, undress, torture and many more which you will find here!
  • There are seven ways to spell the sound ‘ee’ in English. This sentence contains all of them: ‘He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas’.
  • The first English dictionary was written in 1755.
  • The oldest English word that is still in use is ‘town’.
  • A pangram is a sentence that contains every letter in the language. For example, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
  • An ambigram is a word that looks the same from various orientations. For example, the word “swims” will be the same even when turned upside down.
  • English is the third most spoken native language in the world. Standard Chinese and Spanish are first and second, respectively.
  • If you wrote out all the numbers (e.g. one, two, three . . . ), you would not use the letter “b” until the word “billion.”
  • The longest word in the English language is 45 letters long: “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.” It is the scientific name for a type of lung disease.
  • Most average adult English speakers know between 20,000–35,000 words.
  • A new word is created every 98 minutes, which is about 14.7 words a day.
  • The longest common word with all the letters in alphabetical order is “almost.”
  • The word “good” has the most synonyms of any other word in the English language, at 380.
  • The opposite of “sparkle” is “darkle.”
  • The word “whatever” consistently ranks as the most annoying English word.
  • The chess term “checkmate” is from a 14th-century Arabic phrase, “shah mat,” meaning “the king is helpless.”
  • The most common letter in the English language is e. No surprise there. But did you know that one in eight of all letters written is e?
  • The most common consonant in English is r, followed by t.
  • The most common first letter of a word is s.
  • Maine is the only state whose name consists of only one syllable.
  • On average, for every letter q written in the English language, there will be 56 e‘s.
  • Use of the word selfie increased by 17,000% between 2012 and 2013.

Sources:

National Day Calendar

Lingoda

Factretriever 

Big Words 101

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