Interesting Trivia on the English Language


INTERESTING TRIVIA ON THE
ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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Interesting Trivia on the English Language

English is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn. For those of us that speak it, it may be hard to understand why. But when taking a closer look at all of the rules, syllables, and different sounds that can come from the same letters, it’s a little easier to see why one who doesn’t have English as a mother tongue can have a tough time catching on. Below is some interesting trivia regarding this beautiful (and sometimes awkward and difficult) language.

The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. This is a term for a type of lung disease that is caused by silica dust. The word can be found in an unabridged dictionary, making it the longest actual word in the English language.

“Screeched” and “strengths” are the two longest one-syllable words in the English language.

There are four words in the English language which show all of the vowels in alphabetical order. They are: facetious, abstemious, annelidous, and arsenious.

There are only two words in the English language which show the five vowels in reverse alphabetical order. These are: duoliteral, and subcontinental. If you include “y” in with the vowels, the word “uncomplimentary” also falls into this category.

Vowels however are not the only letters that appear in remarkable English. There are also a number of words that contain the longest strings of consonants. These are: bergschrunds, borschts, eschscholtzia, latchstring, and weltschmerz.

The longest word in the English language with no one letter to appear twice is uncopyrightable.

The longest sentence to contain the sound of “ee” is, “He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas.”

In the same way, the “ough” spelling also has many different pronunciations. A sentence containing all the ways that this odd spelling can be said is, “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough after falling into a slough.”

With all the different rules, pronunciations, and spellings, it’s no wonder why the English language is considered to be one of the most complex languages in the world. 



Interesting Trivia on the English Language

Interesting Trivia on the English Language

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