10 interesting facts about the English language
1.‘Pronunciation’ is the word which is most mispronounced in the English language!
2. The following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: ‘He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas’.
3. There are nine different ways to pronounce ‘ough’ in English. This sentence contains all of them: ‘A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.’ You can search for these words on the Cambridge Dictionary website to listen to their pronunciation. http://dictionary.cambridge.org
4. ‘Queueing’ is the only word with five consecutive vowels (five vowels in a row). This is a great word to use when you play hangman!
5. There is no word in the English language that rhymes with ‘month’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’ or ‘purple’.
6. The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is ‘uncopyrightable’.
7. The sentence ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’ uses every letter in the English language. This type of sentence is called a ‘pangram’.
8. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
9. There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters. That word is „therein“. The words it contains without rearranging any of the letters are: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
10. ‘Queue’, ‘Tea’ and ‘Pea’ are the only words in English where only the first letter is pronounced and the rest are silent.