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Surprising Facts About English You Probably Don't Know

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Strongly perfecting grammar and desperately cramming modern colloquial terms, time after time, we so delve into the process, that completely forget why, actually, we started to study English. This language is one of the most widespread and beautiful in the world, so we would like to share some interesting facts you probably do not know about this amazing language.

  1. It turned out that English is not the most popular language in the world - it takes only the third place after Chinese and Spanish.

  2. The shortest sentence in the English language can consist of three letters (I am / I do), and if I am cut to I'm, then of the two letters only!

  3. The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. We have to put a notch after each syllable, to avoid confusion, where to stop when reading. Behind this name hides a nightmare of respiratory tract disease caused by inhalation of volcanic dust and other small muck in the form of dust.

  4. The leader for the number of meanings ​​is the word «set»: 44 basic values ​​for the verb, 17 basic values ​​for the noun, 7 core values ​​and the adjective and many more additional values.

  5. The letter “E” is most often used, while “Q” is used rarely. It means how often this or that letter is used in different words.

  6. The oldest word in the English language - town (the town), and the words: bad, gold, apple.

  7. The word “goodbye” once fully sounded like «God be with ye.

  8. The English word slave (servant), is directly related to the Slavs: in ancient times, the Germanic tribes sold representatives of the Slavic tribes into slavery to the Romans.

  9. English poets are lucky, because they could not find a rhyme only to 4 words: month, orange, silver, purple. Some poets-lovers in search of a successful option try to rhyme orange with courage, porridge, arrange, and other seemingly similar words, however, it is obvious that such a "rhyme" is far-fetched.

  10.  The most difficult tongue twister in English: «The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick«. Even native speakers have difficulties in coping with it.

  11.  In the word indivisibility letter “I” is repeated 6 times.

  12.  For example, Goddessship is a single word, where consonant is repeated 3 times. Or here's another: rhythm - the longest word with one vowel.

  13. The sentence «The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog» is unique in a way that you can find all the letters of the English alphabet in it.

  14.  One more interesting sentence: «A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed ». Its uniqueness is that here there are all 9 variants reading letter combinations «ough». A good example of that reading rules are the most difficult.

  15.  «Almost» is the longest word in the English language, in which all the letters are placed in alphabetical order.

As you see, English is quite interesting and mysterious language. We hope that this information was useful for you.