I6 Obvious Facts about the English Language That You Were Ignorant of

Do you think you know all about the English language due to your high level of competence in the language? Well, whether your answer is yes or no, I'm very sure you will learn something novel in this post. Below are a few facts about the English language:

1. Do you know that the English language has about 1.5 billion speakers in the world? Here is a breakdown - the language has about 400 million native speakers; 400 million people speak it as a second language, and about 600-700 million people learn/speak it as a foreign language.

2. According to Oxford dictionary editors, about 1000 - 2000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year. That is why some updated dictionaries (especially online dictionaries) now have words like "pepperish", "insultive", "emoji", "selfie", "twerking" or "disvirgin".

3. The longest word in the English language consists of 45 letters, and it's "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis"

4. Did you know that the original name for a "butterfly" was a "flutterby"?

5. The English language has more words that begin with an "S" than any other letter.

6. Do you know "I, you, who, mother, father, ashes and worm" are some of the oldest English words?

7. The verb "go" is the shortest sentence in the English language! Are you surprised? Use the comment box to ask why.

8. In English, a single word can form a meaningful sentence.
9. Currently, English has only two words that end in "gry", and they are "hungry and angry".

10. The letters "ough" can be pronounced 7 different ways. Pronounce the letters "ough" in the following words: rough, coughed, thought, through, borough/thorough, though drought.

11. English as a language has different dialects (American English, British English, Nigerian English, South African English etc), and there are many dialects even within the same region. There are 24 different dialects in the U.S alone and about 56 in the British isle.

12. The most commonly used word in English language is "I".

13. The word "swims" will still be "swims" even when turned upside down.

14. New words are added to the English dictionary every two hours.

15. The word "girl" was used to refer to a child regardless of the gender.

16. The indefinite article "a" is the shortest meaningful word in the English language. It usually precedes a word that begins with a consonant sound.

How was the ride? A daily visit to this blog will always keep you in good terms with the English language. Therefore, you are expected to always do the needful – always visit!

Tamuno Reuben

Those who seek knowledge seek power because the pen is mightier than the sword.

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