Saturday, April 02, 2011

English words facts

  • 'Stewardesses' is the longest word typed with only the left hand. There are six such words: ‘aftereffects’, ‘desegregated’, ‘desegregates’, ‘reverberated’, and ‘reverberates’.
  • 'Lollipop' is the longest word typed with your right hand.
  • 'Skepticisms' is the longest word that can be typed using alternate hands.
  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is ‘uncopyrightable
  • The only word that consists of two letters, each used three times is the word ‘deeded’.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with ‘month, ‘orange’, ‘silver, or ‘purple(there are, however, some partial rhymes, or pararhymes, for these words, such as ‘salver’ for ‘silver’ and ‘lozenge’ for ‘orange’).’
  • The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii.
  • 'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
  • The longest English word that contains neither A, E, I, O, nor U is ‘rhythmsand ‘syzygy
  • 'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.
  • According to the third edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, there are 20 valid words containing no vowels.
  • 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' uses every letter of the alphabet.
  • The words 'racecar’, 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': ‘tremendous’, ‘horrendous, ‘stupendous’, and ‘hazardous’.
  • There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious'.
  • Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. Others are ‘perpetuity’, ‘proprietor’, and ‘repertoire’.No words can be typed using only the bottom row, because that row contains no vowels.
  • In English, the days of the week are named after the Saxon gods (except for Saturday, which is named after the Roman god of agriculture). Sunday is named after the sun, Monday after the moon, Tuesday after Tiw, Wednesday after Woden, Thursday after Thor, Friday after Frige, and Saturday after Saturn
  • The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
  • 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.
  • The second longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary is "floccinaucinihilipilification," which means "the act of estimating as worthless."
  • 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."
  • The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
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