Sunday, June 28, 2009

Stop and Smell the Roses Blog Bouquet

Hello, and welcome to my blog, Travel the Ages. Thanks for stopping by! Here are some interesting and perhaps not widely known facts about the English language that i have come across over the years:
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

There will be a drawing for a free ecopy of my Faery Rose novel: For the Love of a Queen. I will draw a winner from those who leave a comment. Check back to see if you've won.
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I hope you have a wonderful summer. Sincerely, Laura Hogg


Skhye said...

Hi, Laura! Those are some excellent facts. :) I've blogged about Forgotten English. Here's the link to the posts in case you're looking for entertaining words that don't mean a thing you'd expect. LOL

Now, did your facts come from a specific book? I'd like to check it out if so. Have a wonderful week.

P.L. Parker said...

Food Job Laura! Enjoyed the blog.

P. L. Parker

Tricia Schneider said...

That was really fascinating information. So much about our language I didn't even know. Thanks!

Roni said...

Thanks for participating in our rose blog bouquet!


Wendi Zwaduk said...

You have some great facts! I learned a lot.

Think about it: how many words are added each year to the dictionary and how many are dropped? How many words have changed meanings in the last 50 years?

Okay, I have too much on the brain, but it's all good.

Lauri said...

I love these facts! Thanks for sharing them!

Karen H in NC said...

Interesting facts!

If 'GO' is the shortest sentence, then 'I DO' must be the longest! I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself.....LOL

Susan Macatee said...

Interesting facts, Laura!

Helen Hardt said...

Fun post, Laura! Here's one for you: the word "rhythm" is the longest in English that doesn't contain a vowel.

Jennette Green said...

Thank you for posting! I learned a lot of new facts--plus two new words! LOL

Have a great day. :)

Tanya Hanson said...

Hi Laura, great blog and terrific facts. I think "orange" and "purple" are among the very few English words that don't have a rhyming counterpart.

Fun facts today!

Helen Pilz said...

Hi Laura,
Fun facts! Congrats on how well Romeo and Juliet is doing on Amazon.

Christine Clemetson said...

Great facts, Laura. Especially the one about how many words we actually use...

P.L. Parker said...

Oh good grief!

I was hopping the blog this morning (before my first cup of coffee). As you can see, I can't type that early. I meant "Good" job.


Betty Hanawa said...

Wow! Fascinating! I love the history of words.

Historical Writer/Editor said...

Hello, everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a great week. Oh, i'll draw a winner tomorrow. Take care,
Laura H.

Babyblue22 said...

Hey Laura!
Thanks for the facts, their pretty cool!!

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Laura, wow what a lot of interesting and fascinating facts about the English language. Thanks for sharing.