The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
The vocabulary of English is the largest of any language.
Shakespeare gave us about 2,000 words.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest English word. It’s a lung disease.
The longest non-medical word in the English language is FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION, which means “the act of estimating as worthless”.
What are the two words in English that have the five vowels in order? Abstemious and facetious.
The word “set” has the most definitions of any word in English.
English has the most synonyms.
“Go” is the shortest sentence.
The ampersand (&) used to be a letter of the English alphabet—the 27th letter historically.
The average educated person knows 20,000 words and uses about 2,000 in a week.
“E” is the most used letter and “Q” the least.
Before the advent of printing in the 15th century, punctuation was not in use.
Of the nearly ½ million words in general use in the English language (the other half are scientific and technical) about 200,000 would be understood by Shakespeare. Of the many thousands of words added since then, it is estimated that half of them were added in the past fifty years or so.
Noah Webster spent thirty-six years writing his dictionary.
-Well, I was wondering if anyone heard some good and interesting or strange facts about the English language that they could share here. Thanks! –Laura Hogg
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