8-Interesting Facts of
1. The longest
one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
2. "Dreamt" is the only
English word that ends in the letters "mt".
3. No word in English
language rhymes with "month," "silver," "purple," or
4. The symbol on the
"pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.
5. The symbol used in
many URLs (Web addresses) is called a tilde. (~)
6. The dot over the
letter 'i' is called a tittle.
7. The word "set" has
more definitions than any other word in English.
8. "Underground" is the
only word in English that begins and ends with the
9. There are only four
words in the English language which end in "-dous":
stupendous, and hazardous.
10. The longest word in
the English language, according to the Oxford English
11. The only other word
with the same amount of letters is its plural:
12. The longest
place-name still in use is
natahu”, the Maori name of a hill in New Zealand.
13. Los Angeles's full
name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reinade los
de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size,
14. The verb "cleave"
has definitions which are antonyms of each other:
to adhere and to
15. The verb "sanction"
also has definitions which are antonyms: to sponsor and to
16. A pregnant goldfish
is called a twit.
17. There is a
seven-letter word in English that contains eleven words
without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the,
there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere,
I, therein, herein.
18. 'Stewardesses' is the
longest English word that is typed with only the left hand.
19. The combination "ough"
can be pronounced in nine different ways; the following
sentence contains them all:
dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets
of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and
20. The only 15 letter
word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."
21. "Facetious" and
"abstemious" contain all the vowels in
the correct order, as
does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."
22. The word "Checkmate"
in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which
means "the king is dead."
23. Only three words
have entered English from Czech: polka, pilsner, and robot.
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