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
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
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
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