10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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1. There is no word in the English language that perfectly rhymes with orange, silver or purple. You can try to find one but trust us there aren’t any.

2. English language is the second most spoken language around the world after Mandarin Chinese. So it’s another good reason to improve your English!

3. Strangely, the word “girl” originally was used to mean “child” or “young person” regardless of the gender.

4. The toughest tongue –twister in English language is considered to be: ‘the sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick’.

5. The word ‘alphabet’ comes from the name of the first two letters of the Greek alphabet – alpha and beta (α and β).

6. The shortest complete sentence in the English language is made up of only three letters: ‘I am.’

7. English is the official language of aviation. On international flights, all pilots and traffic controllers have to communicate in English, no matter what their native language is.

8. The word ‘Goodbye’ originates from the word ‘Godbye’ used in Old English, which used to stand for ‘God be with you’.

9. “LOL” was formally recognised in 2011′s update of the Oxford English Dictionary.

10. The Harry Potter books have minor “translations” from British English to American English. Most of the changes are made simply to demonstrate American spelling (e.g. ‘cosy’ to ‘cozy’ and ‘mum’ to ‘mom’). However some words have been completely replaced which shows the difference between the two variations of English language. Some examples of the word-swapping are: ‘holiday’ to ‘vacation’, ‘sweets’ to ‘candy’ and ‘trainers’ to ‘sneakers’.

 

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