10 Interesting Facts About The English Language

 

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  1. The origin of punctuation: The history of punctuation goes back all the way to Ancient Greece and Rome. When orators prepared speeches they used marks like periods, commas, and colons to signify when to take a break during their speech. Longer parts of the speech were divided by periods, short pauses were off set by commas, and breaks midway through a sentence were marked off with a colon.
  2. The shortest complete sentence in English is “I am.”
  3. The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis which is a lung disease.
  4. A sentence containing all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a pangram. Example: The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.
  5. The most commonly used word in English is “I.”
  6. A preposition is always followed by a noun.
  7. More words in English begin with the letter “s” than any other letter.
  8. The most common consonant is “r.” “T” is the second most common.
  9. Words that have no meaning or value (like the word actually) are called crutch words.
  10. All pilots must speak English while flying regardless of where they come from.

 

 

 

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Origin of Punctuation

Shortest Sentence (and other fun facts)

Pangram (and other interesting facts)