English is one of the most common languages around the globe with approximately 375 million people in the world speaking English. It is ranked 3rd after Spanish and Mandarin for being the most widely used communication language. English was first spoken in the middle ages in England. This language has evolved over the years and is still developing. It is comprised of some of the most bizarre inventions, mistakes, and even misinterpretations. 60% of the English words are derived from Latin and Germanic and few are added from the Sanskrit too.
If we talk about different languages and their orientation then we come across a number of interesting facts. English is one of the world’s most spoken languages and there are some of the most interesting facts about English that most of us don’t know.
English is one of those languages which is non-phonetic which means that the written version of English is quite different from the verbal version. Different combination of letters is used to create the same or different type of pronunciations. See and Sea both are pronounced the same but written differently. Let us check some more similar examples “ough” when used in words like cough (coff), dough (doe) and through(thru) each of these words have different pronunciations. These peculiar traits of the English language make it one of the most complex languages to learn.
Know The Most Interesting Facts About English
English may be a common language in many countries but a notable fact is that it is pronounced differently in separate regions. The most common countries that dominate the English language are U.S.A and U.K. This makes English to be broadly divided into American English and British English respectively. The pronunciation and spelling of various words are different in both the cases. In American English, a schedule will be pronounced as (s”ke”dule instead of “shed-yool”). Many words like color, programs are spelled as “colour” and “programme” in the British English.
So, now let us have a walkthrough on some of the interesting facts about the English language:
1. Who said a sentence needs more than two words, in English two words, can also make a whole sentence.
We have always learned that sentences are made of more than one word but in the English language, there are sentences that have only one or two words. “I Am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. If you are wondering how then let me tell you that a sentence is deemed complete when it has a subject and a verb. Subjectà I Verbà Am. Isn’t it interesting to know that when you write just these words in a line then you are actually writing a whole sentence?
2.) If your knowledge of the longest letter English word ends at knowing words like “flabbergasted” then check out the longest English word in the dictionary.
The longest word in the English dictionary is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, which is basically a lung disease that is caused due to inhalation of ash and dust. I learned this word when I was 12 and if you do not know it yet then try pronouncing it. Trust me it is so much fun. It goes like pre-neumono-ultra-microscopic-silicino-volcano-coniosis. This word has a total of 45 letters and it is the longest one in the Oxford dictionary.
3.) The word “the” does not just starts a sentence but it is everywhere in the English language.
The third interesting facts about the English language is that 80% of the paragraphs that are written in English starts with the word the. Not just the starting of paragraphs but the is quite an important word that is found even in the middle of sentences. Try finding a paragraph which doesn’t have a the. I can bet the chances are quite bleak to find one. Recently, a quiz was circulating on the social media where a text was listed and people were asked to find out the peculiarity within that. After a lot of contemplating I realized that the text was unique because it had no “the”.
4.) The most famous letter of English language is “E”
The most common letter in English is E. The statistics say that out of every 8 letters of a word one will definitely be an e. This is quite an interesting observation. So, next time when you frame a word then do check it out and see how many words keep up with the “e” syndrome.
5.) Add the new word “Pangram” to your vocabulary and charm others with your new learned English jargon.
When I was young then my teacher taught me a sentence that was actually a pangram. A pangram is a sentence that contains all the letters of the language. The pangram sentence goes like this: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. This sentence is very useful for kids who are learning cursive writing. They can write this sentence and practice the art of lettering all the letters in just one go. People who are into typing business and want to increase their typing speed can also try practicing it on the keyboard. I have tried this technique a lot many times and it certainly works.
P.S: I know you must be now checking it out and counting all the letters one by one.
6.) Love poems and love the rhyming twins? But do you know there are some alone words that do not have a rhyme friend?
We all are very much fond of rhyming words in English like die and lie shower and tower and when you analyze closely you realize that almost all words have a rhyming alternative. But, you will be surprised to know that month, purple, silver, and orange have no rhyming buddies. They cannot be rhymed with any other English word. Try it on your own or ask your friends to do it for you!
7.) The question words that is what, when and where if their W is replaced with T then they become that, then and there that is symbolic for the answers to these questions. It is quite an interesting facts about the English language.
8.) English also evolves like technology. Confused much read the following?
There are several words whose meaning has changed with time. Three of such words are awful, girl and nice. Awful was inspired by the word awe that meant being in awe of, girl was meant to be for any child irrespective of the gender and last one nice was meant to be silly. But, with time these words have changed their meaning. Awful is meant something very bad, nice is something good or pleasing and girl stands for a female child.
9.) Grammatically incorrect but still we use it? What is it?
“All time no see” is an English phrase that is permissible as a fixed expression and we use it quite often but most of us do not know that it is not grammatically appropriate. This is an interesting fact about English that even a wrong sentence is being used correctly. This phrase is said to take its origin from Pidgin/ broken English and it first appeared in the Oxford dictionary in as early as 1901.
10.) New word in every two hours!!
An interesting fact about English that may surprise a lot of you is that a new word is added to the dictionary in every two hours. This totals to 4000 new words each and every year. Never forget that how good your English quirks maybe there will always be new words that you wouldn’t know. So, keep learning.
Other interesting facts about the English language:
- There are several words in the Oxford dictionary that were invented by Shakespeare like undress, blushing, tranquil, grovel and gnarled.
- The word “set” can be described in a number of ways. It is said to have the most number of definitions.
- Good is the most used adjective of the English language.
- The famous social media word “lol” is also added to the dictionary in the year 2011,
- English in the U.S.A has around 24 dialects. Different states have their unique style of speaking English.
- Do you have a friend who is in a habit of pronouncing some English words without realizing that it doesn’t add any meaning to their words or sentences? For example, some keep saying “like” , “literally” , “basically” anywhere while speaking English if yes then these words also have a unique name. It is called “crutch” words.
- The town is the oldest word in the dictionary that is still in use.
- Time is the most common nouns that are used and good is the most common adjective in use.
- English dictionary has also few words that are derived from Hindi/Sanskrit like Karma, thug, yoga, and Nirvana.
- The goodbye comes from the sentence god be with you.
Here’s To Having Fun With English!
These were some of the interesting facts about English that I came across and wanted to share with all of you. These were just 10 that I found most interesting and I will not be surprised to know if you guys have many more to add to this list. The list will be endless because after all, English is one of the fascinating languages. The language of English is like an ocean and you can never get enough of it.