10 Interesting Facts About the English Language that You Didn’t Know

 

1) English used to have 29 letters Instead of current 26.

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  • The Old English alphabet letters were 29: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T V X Y Z & ⁊ Ƿ Þ Ð Æ
  • The Old English alphabet was recorded in the year 1011 by a monk named Byrhtferð and included the 24 letters of the Latin alphabet (including ampersand) and 5 additional English letters: Long S (ſ), Eth (Ð and ð), Thorn (þ), Wynn (ƿ) and Ash (ᚫ; later Æ and æ).

2) The dot on the top of i and j is called a ‘TITTLE’.

A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours. (3) 

3)The oldest English word that is still in use is TOWN. 

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Some of the oldest words in the English language are still very common today.

They include I, love, black, mother, fire, hand and hear.

Many of these words date back from before the year 900.

4)The longest English word without a vowel is RHYTHMS. 

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The longest English word without a true vowel (a, e, i, o or u) is “rhythm”

5) A new is added to the Dictionary every two hours.

A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours. (4)

6) Most English words come from French or Old English (use this to your advantage!).

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Take the words commence and begin, which both mean “to start.” Commence is a much fancier word. Native English speakers would only use it in more formal settings.

For example, you could use it while discussing business affairs: “The marketing team commenced work on the project.”

On the other hand, begin is a more casual word that native speakers use frequently.

Can you guess which word comes from French and which one comes from Old English?

7) The day after tomorrow is called overmorrow.

10 Interesting Facts About the English Language that You Didn’t Know

Not commonly used in daily life but overmorrow could replace the day after tomorrow.

8)Only two English words in current use end in “-gry”. They are “angry” and “hungry

A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours. (2)

9)The most commonly used adjective is good.

The most commonly used adjective is good.

Of course, different sources come up with different answers for this, but “good” is usually listed among the most common adjectives.

10)The word “alphabet” comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, bēta.

A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours. (1)

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  • Superb. Sir,I need some more information about the different pronunciation of the same vowel sound .

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