#EngTrivia: Interesting English Facts

Admin will share some #EngTrivia about Interesting English Facts. Here they are:

  1. No word in English rhymes with “month”, “silver”, “purple”, or “orange.”
  2. There are only 4 words in English which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.
  3. The word “checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “The king is dead.”
  4. Aegilops is the longest word with its letters arranged in alphabetical order.
  5. The longest word in English language is: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It is a lung disease and usually known as silicolis.
  6. The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.
  7. The word “karate” means “empty hand.”
  8. The letter “W” is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn’t have one syllable, it has three.
  9.  “Rhythm” is the longest word without vowel.
  10. The old English word for sneeze is “fneosan.”
  11. “Speak of the Devil” is the short for “Speak of the Devil and he shall come.”
  12. The abbreviation for pound, “lb.” comes from the astrological sign Libra which ia symbolized by scales.
  13. The word “queueing” is the only English word with five consecutive vowels.
  14.  The ZIP in Zip-code stands for Zoning Improvement Plan.
  15. A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called as an epithalamium.
  16. The word “assassination” was invented by Shakespeare.
  17. Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.”
  18. Defenselessness and respectlessness are words with fifteen letters with only one vowel.
  19. The toughest tongue twister: “the sixth sick Sheikh’a sixth sheep’s sick.”

So that’s it fellas!

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on August 12, 2012

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