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Old 03/02/09, 10:22 AM   #1
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Just trying my luck to post some English Trivia, my apologies for anyone who have the same posts ( my goal: the more posts the merrier and more knowledge!- just like Ernie Baron's Knowledge Power... hahaha!)

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I happened to see this page, thought it is interesting to know
Interesting Facts:


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 “orange.”
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 letters “und.”
9. There are only four words in the English language
which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous,
stupendous, and hazardous.
10. The longest word in the English language,
according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
11. The only other word with the same amount of
letters is its plural:
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses.
12. The longest place-name still in use is
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki maungahoronukupokaiwe-nuakit 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 Angeles de Porciuncula” and
can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, L.A.
14. The verb “cleave” has definitions which are
antonyms of each other: to adhere and to separate.
15. The verb “sanction” also has definitions which
are antonyms: to sponsor and to ban.
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: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman
strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling
into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”
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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The pound sign # is called a 'octothorp.

The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.

'The word "trivia" comes from the Latin "trivium" which is the place where three roads meet, a public square. People would gather and talk about all sorts of matters, most of which were trivial.

All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English.

There is a seven-letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the,there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein."Irrupt" is a misspelling of "erupt," right? Wrong! The two have existed as discrete words since at least the mid-1500s. Both are descendants of the Latin verb "rumpere," which means "to break," but "irrupt" was formed by adding the prefix "ir-" (in the sense "into") while "erupt" was formed by adding "e-" (meaning "out"). So "to irrupt" was originally to rush in, and "to erupt" was to rush out. But it's sometimes hard to distinguish the precise direction of a violent rush, and the two soon came to be used as synonyms, a usage that has continued for at least the last 400 years.

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. English is the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language.
2. Over 400 million people use the English vocabulary as a mother tongue, only surpassed in numbers, but not in distribution by speakers of the many varieties of Chinese.
3. Over 700 million people, speak English, as a foreign language.
4. Did you know that of all the world's languages (over 2,700) English is arguably the richest in vocabulary; and that the Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words, and there are a half-million technical and scientific terms still uncatalogued?
5. Three-quarters of the world's mail, telexes and cables are in English.

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. English is the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language.
2. Over 400 million people use the English vocabulary as a mother tongue, only surpassed in numbers, but not in distribution by speakers of the many varieties of Chinese.
3. Over 700 million people, speak English, as a foreign language.
4. Did you know that of all the world's languages (over 2,700) English is arguably the richest in vocabulary; and that the Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words, and there are a half-million technical and scientific terms still uncatalogued?
5. Three-quarters of the world's mail, telexes and cables are in English.

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The English word with the most consonants in a row is latchstring.

The slash character is called a virgule, or solidus. A URL uses slash characters, not back slash characters.


The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.


The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

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The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It is a a pneumoconiosis caused by the inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

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Stewardesses' and 'reverberated' are the two longest words (12 letters each) that can be typed using on the left hand. The longest word that can be typed using on the right hand is 'lollipop'.
'Skepticisms' is the longest word that can be typed using alternate hands.
One of the longest English words that can be typed using the top row of a typewriter (allowing multiple uses of letters) is 'typewriter.'


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When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a "portmanteau."



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The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

The word "hangnail" comes from Middle English:ang- (painful) + nail. Nothing to do with hanging.

No modern language has a true concept of "I am." It is always used linked with are in reference of another verb.


The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive vowels.


The word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate, demodulate." (MOdulateDEModulate)



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The words 'sacrilegious' and 'religion' do not share the same etymological root.


The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.


No word in the English language rhymes with month.




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