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#EngKnowledge: 2020 Fun Facts

#Page364of365 Today is the last Monday this year and only less than 48 hours before we change the calendar. How excited are you for 2020, fellas?

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I myself am looking into personal growth, doing more voluntary works or charitable activities, and learning some new skills, like sewing. What about you?

While making a list of things we are planning to do in 2020, let’s share some facts about the new year.

  1. The year 2020 will start on a Wednesday and as it is a leap year, will have 366 days.
  2. People all over the world mostly believe that 2019 is the last year of this decade (2010-2019), which means 2020 is the first year of the new decade. However, there are some who believe that the new decade starts in 2021. How is that? Because there are two ways to decide from when to when a decade lasts. The first way is by the same digit. For example, the 1990s started from 1990 and lasted until 1999. The second way is by starting a decade with the last digit ‘1.’ As there is no year ‘zero/0,’ we start counting the years from year 1. By this definition, the 2020 is the last year of the decade and the new decade will begin on 1 January 2021.
  1. The Roman number of 2020 is MMXX.
  2. The Gregorian year 1992 had the exact same calendar as the year 2020.
  3. The Chinese year of Metal Rat will last from 25 January 2020 until 11 February 2021. Rat is the first animal on the Chinese zodiac list so the year of rat is believed to be a new beginning when people from all zodiac signs can prosper.

If you think 2019 was not up to your expectation and 2020 is not going to be any different, plan to try out new things or rediscover your love for old hobbies and idle skills. Who knows what will happen, right? Let’s welcome 2020 with a bang!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 30 December 2019.


#EngTrivia: The development of rock and metal genre

The ‘rock music’ genre first showed up in 1950s, which was known as ‘rock and roll.’ ‘Rock and roll’ itself is heavily influenced by blues, RnB, and country music.

By late 1960s, different sub-genres emerged such as blues rock, country rock, and jazz rock. In 1960s, bands like Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, and Animals became pioneers. Along with these names, lots of rock bands emerged.

1970s is the birth of heavy metal and punk rock. Black Sabbath utilized the distortion in electric guitar, while punk rock emerged against the overly mainstream of the genres. Punk rock gave off a huge influence to the development of sub-genres such as new wave, post punk, and alternative rock. Likewise, Deep Purple and Judas Priest emerged with a more ‘complex’ kind of metal.

And then in the 1980s, a new wave of British heavy metal rose to fame led by Iron Maiden. Metal developed a lot in the 1980s. Names such as Metallica, Motorhead, and Motley Crue gained their peak popularity in this era. And then in the 1990s, alternative rock led the industry. Grunge, Britpop, post-grunge, and pop punk were among this genre. Names such as Oasis, Blink 182, Nirvana, and a lot more were part of this era.

While many consider rock and metal died in 2000, emo, garage rock, and contemporary heavy metal were actually born in this era. Bands such as Bullet For My Valentine, The Strokes, My Chemical Romance were among these sub-genres. Unfortunately, in 2010s until now, rock and metal only develops in indie records.

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 15 January 2016

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#EngTrivia: Random facts about Ramadhan

Hello, fellas! How are you today? Got any good news to share? Anyway, in less than two weeks, Ramadan will come to an end. I really don’t know what to feel about that.

But I think it’s not too late to share some random facts about Ramadan from all over the world. Today I will share some random facts about Ramadhan! Feel free to chime in at any time!

  1. In Indonesia, the time from Fajr until Iftar is approximately 13 hours. While in the Scandinavia, it takes as long as 21 hours!
  2. While in Argentina and Chile, fasting only lasts for about 9 hours.
  3. In Saudi Arabia, Iftar is completely free in Masjid al-Haram. The government and the donors have to provide at least USD 134.000 every day! It’s about 1.8 billion in Rupiah.
  4. Many countries have their own special menu for iftar, but dates are universally the fast-breaking food of choice.
  5. Because of the difference between Hijri year and the traditional solar year, Ramadan falls earlier each year.
  6. Most dieticians would agree that fasting is not an effective diet plan. The slow metabolism often gives way to binge eating at night.
  7. In certain countries, Muslims that are caught not fasting during Ramadhan can be sentenced to time in prison!

Well, I guess that’s it for now, Fellas! See ya!

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, June 24, 2016

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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (6)

  1. ‘E’ is the most commonly used letter in the English language.
  2. The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is ‘uncopyrightable.’
  3. The following sentence contains 7 different spellings of the sound: He believed Caesar could see people seizing the sea.
  4. ‘Queueing’ is the only word with five consecutive vowels (five vowels in a row).
  5. Due to a printing error, there was a word in the English dictionary from 1932 to 1940 which did not have a meaning. The word was Dord and it became known as ‘ghost word.’


Compiled written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 27 January, 2016


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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (5)

  1. The word ‘queue’ is pronounced the same way when the last 4 letters are removed. ‘Queue’ is pronounced (kyo͞o).
  2. There are more English words begin with the letter ‘S’ than with any other letter. Go check your dictionary, fellas!
  3. The word ‘mortgage’ comes from a French word that means ‘death contract.’ Mortgage = surat gadai
  4. ‘Time’ is the most commonly used noun in English.
  5. The shortest complete sentence in the English language is ‘go.’ So, let me say, “Go!”
  6. Phrases in English such as “long time no see,” “no go,” and “no can do” come from literal translation of Chinese phrases.
  7. The day after tomorrow is called ‘overmorrow.’ It’s rarely used nowadays tho.
  8. ‘Dreamt’ and its derivatives are the only common English words that end in ‘mt.’
  9. The word ‘idiot,’ ‘imbecile,’ and ‘moron’ were originally medical categories for intellectual disability.
  10. English words ‘I,’ ‘we,’ ‘two,’ and ‘three’ are among the most ancient, from thousands of years.

Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, July 24, 2016


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#EngKnowledge: 7 Facts of Buckingham Palace

In this instance, we are going to find out more about Buckingham Palace. We have compiled 7 interesting facts about Buckingham Palace just for you.

Buckingham Palace, London, UK
BXEK9B Buckingham Palace, London, UK (source: dailymail.co.uk)
  1. John Sheffield, 3rd Earl of Mulgrave and Marquess of Normanby, was created by Duke of Buckingham in 1703. He built Buckingham House for himself as a grand London home.
  2. Buckingham Palace is a symbol of love from a king to his beloved queen. George III bought Buckingham House in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to be used as a comfortable family home. And 14 of 15 children of George III were born here.
  3. John Nash (a super talented architect of England) was put by George IV to enlarge the palace into the imposing U-shaped building.
  4. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
  5. There are 1,514 doors and 760 windows in Buckingham Palace. All windows are cleaned every six weeks to keep them clean.
  6. On the site, King James I used to plant mulberries to rear silkworms. Unfortunately, the king chose the wrong kind of mulberry. So the silk production never took off in Britain.
  7. Buckingham Palace houses largest collections of clocks and watches in the world. In total, it is home for 350 exceptional clocks and watches.


Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, January 28, 2016


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#EngTalk: The Launderette Fun Facts

So.. let’s discuss something fun today :) Does anyone know the Mr Bean episode when he went to the launderette (doing laundry)?

If you haven’t you can watch it here:

@MHErSYA: yesss I know that part”

@9typo: He drunk a cup o detergent”

@berurinberurin: yes I know exactly that part.. :)”

@sehunajongin: yes i know xD”

Glad some of you know that Mr. Bean episode XD He actually drank a softener (pelembut). Ya, that part, jangan ditiru!

In Indonesia we know that laundry is a place where we can bring our clothes to be washed by someone. While somewhere like the UK, a launderette is still commonly used and we do the laundry by ourselves. Just like what Mr. Bean is doing in this episode.

Launderette is “an establishment with coin-operated washing machines and dryers for public use”

(Those who are going to study in the UK & going to live in a campus accommodation, you better be ready to go to the launderette :D)

Fun fact: Since I am in the UK and I do use the launderette to wash my clothes – sometimes I would explain to Indonesian friends that I do laundry like Mr. Bean :D

But there are more fun facts were found by doing laundry and here we can discuss more about it if you wish :)

  1. First up I would call “the sock(s) chronicles”

There are times when we finish our laundry we can’t find our sock’s pair


As socks are smaller than any of the other clothing, there might be a chance that it was left out, slipped or fell when moved from the washing machine to the dryer.

So here are some jokes that I found about it

To those who are single (and there are lots of these)


“Seeking soul mates”


“Clean. Single. Looking for a mate.”


  1. Somehow… there are jokes related to “wrinkles” or “wrinkly”

In launderettes you would find irons and ironing boards. So this one: iron vs wrinkle


Dryer functions to dry our wet clothes straight away. So here is dryer vs wrinkle..and weight?


  1. Since we do our own laundry, there are times (or most of the times) we got lazy, so this would be our schedule XD


So what you do you guys think?

Did you not like it? Hehe “@Diah_didii: –__–“EnglishTips4U: 1. “Clean. Single. Looking for a mate”

That’s it for today fellas! Hope you had fun in this #EngTalk and have new jokes to share :)

And guess what I found in my launderette today..

Photo on 21-02-2015 at 09.27

Photo on 21-02-2015 at 09.29

They should spell “iron” better next time :) … G’nite!


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on February 21, 2015


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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (4)

  1. The word ‘Sheriff’ came from Shire Reeve. During early years of feudal rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to Sheriff.
  2. ‘Blue Laws’, which regulate personal and public conduct on Sunday, got their name because they were originally printed on blue paper.
  3. In England and American colonies the year 1752 only had 354 days. In 1752, the type of calendar was changed, and 11 days were lost.
  4. The term ‘Mayday’ is used for signaling for help. It comes from the French term which is pronounced MayDay and it means ‘Help Me.’
  5. Clinophobia is the fear of beds.
  6. Number ‘4’ is the only number that has the same number of letters in its name as its meaning.
  7. The name ‘Hippopotamus’ comes from Greek for “River Horse.”
  8. Phrenology is the study of bumps on the head.
  9. Hagiology is the branch of literature dealing with the lives and legends of saints.
  10. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America on 1918 by Charles Jung.
  11. The month of July is named in honor of Julius Caesar.


Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U  on Thursday, September 12, 2013


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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (3)

  1. Perpindahan posisi ejaan atau pengucapan disebut ‘spoonerism,’ e.g., belly jeans – jelly beans, peas & carrots – keys & parrots.
  2. Kata ‘freelance’ berasal dari cerita tentang seorang ksatria yang menyewakan tombaknya secara bebas, bermakna tidak bekerja untuk satu orang tuan.
  3. Kata ‘therein’ dapat membentuk 10 kata lain tanpa menyusun kembali huruf-huruf penyusunnya, yaitu the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, I, herein.
  4. Kata kerja ‘sanction’ memiliki dua arti yang saling berlawanan makna yaitu menyetujui dan melarang.
  5. Kata kerja ‘cleave’ juga memiliki dua arti yang saling berlawanan makna yaitu melekatkan dan memisahkan.
  6. Simbol (#) disebut ‘octothorpe.’ Akan tetapi, pada tombol telepon tombol (#) sering disebut juga ‘pound key’ atau ‘hash key.’
  7. Simbol (~) yang banyak digunakan di URL (web address) disebut ’tilde.’
  8. ‘ZIP’ pada zip-code kependekan dari Zoning Improvement Plan.
  9. Titik yang berada di atas huruf ‘i’ disebut ‘tittle.’
  10. Klutz merupakan sebutan untuk orang yang bodoh dan lamban.
  11. ‘Two plus eleven’ dan ‘one plus twelve’ tidak hanya menghasilkan angka yang sama tetapi juga memiliki huruf penyusun yang sama.


Compiled and written by @ChatrineYK at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, March 8, 2012

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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (2)

  1. ‘Dreamt’ adalah satu-satunya kata dalam bahasa Inggris yang berakhiran ‘mt.’
  2. Simbol ‘#’ dalam bahasa Inggris disebut ‘octothorpe.’
  3. French kiss‘ disebut sebagai ‘English kiss‘ di Perancis.
  4. Satu-satunya kata dengan 15 huruf yang dapat ditulis tanpa mengulang satu kata pun adalah ‘uncopyrightable.’
  5. Konon kabarnya, kalimat ‘Sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick‘ merupakan kalimat yang paling susah diucapkan. Silakan dicoba.
  6. Kata ‘alphabet’ diambil dari dua kata pertama dalam alfabet yunani, yakni ‘alpha’ dan ‘beta.’
  7. Beberapa kata dalam bahasa Inggris yang hanya mempunyai makna jamak, yaitu ‘scissors,’ ‘binoculars,’ ‘tongs.’
  8. ‘Widow’ merupakan satu-satunya kata pengganti perempuan yang lebih pendek dari kata pengganti laki-lakinya (‘widower’)
  9. Huruf yang paling banyak digunakan dalam bahasa Inggris adalah ‘e’ dan yang paling jarang adalah ‘q.’
  10. Hanya 3 kata dalam bahasa Inggris yang berakhiran ‘-ceed,’ yakni ‘proceed,’ ‘exceed,’ dan ‘succeed.’

Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, December 31, 2011

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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (1)

  1. ‘Rhythm’ is the longest English word without a vowel.
  2. The word ‘queue’ is the only word in English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last 4 letters are removed. 
  3. There are only 4 English words in common use ending in ‘-dous.’ They are hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous. 
  4. ‘Underground’ is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters ‘und.’
  5. Only two English words in current use end in ‘-gry.’ They are ‘angry’ and ‘hungry.’
  6. Of all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions. 
  7. There are more than 125 English dialects worldwide: Each dialect uses English in its own way, from pronunciation to construction.


Compiled and written by @ChatrineYK at  on Tuesday, August 16, 2011


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