Instead of going on and on about why learning English is essential these days, I’m just going to go ahead and dazzle you with some basic facts about the English Language.
- The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis which is supposed to mean a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust.
- The second longest word in the English language is antidisestablishmentarianism which means opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England.
- There are only four words in the English language which end in”-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
- The dot on top of the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
- The sentence ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog‘ uses every letter of the English alphabet.
- The past tense for the English word ‘dare’ is ‘durst’.
- The word ‘almost’ is the longest in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
- You would have to count to one thousand to use the letter “A” in the English language to spell a whole number.
- Bookkeeper and bookkeeping are the only words in the English language with 3 consecutive double letters.
- A working knowledge of English has become a need in a number of fields, occupations and professions such as communications, science, information technology, business, seafaring, aviation, entertainment, radio and diplomacy; as a result over a billion people speak English to at least a basic level.
In my blog, you will not only find some interesting and unique features about the English language but also great and useful information on some of the mediums used globally for assessing the English language skills.
Happy talking & walking!
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