The English language is the most widely used language in the world but it is also a language that is filled with fun facts and anomalies. While it seems quite simple to understand, speak and write English when compared to the other languages used across the globe, most people are unaware of the misinterpretations, the strange words present in it, the crazy inventions associated, etc.
Some of the most interesting fun facts of the English language as it is used now are:
- “I am” is considered to the shortest yet absolutely complete sentence of the English language. Extensively used to convey a variety of expressions and emotions, this sentence is grammatically correct and extensively used.
- There are certain sentences formed in the English language which may contain all the 26 alphabets of the language. Such sentences are called “Pangrams” and the sentence; “The brown fox quickly jumps over a lazy dog” is an excellent example of the same.
- While most believe that “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is the longest word present in an English dictionary, it is not actually so. This word was just popularized by its use in the popular yesteryear movie “Mary Pop pins”. The longest word actually is the name of certain lung disease type which occurs from long time inhalation of dust and ash. This name happens to be “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis”.
- An English dictionary is a weird place since it consists of several “ghost words”. Their appearance is a result of printing errors and the first such “ghost-word” or non-existent word to appear in the dictionary was “dord”.
- “I” is the oldest and shortest word which is also most commonly and popularly used in conversations worldwide. References to “I” are also present in the oldest medieval manuscripts thereby providing ample proof that it is the oldest word of English language ever used.
- In about every 2 seconds a new word gets added to the existing English dictionary.
- The English language is full of crutch words like “actually”, basically, honestly, etc. These words are extensively used in the formation of English sentences yet they add no value or meaning to the sentences that they are present in.
- Ambigrams are words that read the same irrespective of whether they are looked at from the normal angle or viewed upside down. The word “SWIMS” is a classic example of the same.
- English has been rightly said to the language of pilots or of air since each and every pilot across the world has to essentially identify themselves in English, irrespective of what their origin or mother tongue is.
- Initially, the word “Girl” was used to refer to a child or to someone young irrespective of the gender they belonged to. It became gender-specific only later on.
The presence of these weird but fun facts is probably the factor that makes English language popular and interesting.