Skip to main content

15 interesting facts about the English language

'Iconscollection - Exclamation Mark' photo (c) 2007, Simon Adriaensen - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
I prepared this list for one of my English classes. And then it dawned on me that I can share it with you, too! So here are 15 facts about the English language that I find very interesting. Hope you do, too ;)
  1. Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
  2. No language has more synonyms than English.
  3. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the longest word in the English language is "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”.
  4. The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  5. The longest one-syllable word in English is "screeched." 
  6. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
  7. There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  8. The seven letter word "therein" contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
  9.  The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the alphabet.
  10. The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “Go”.
  11. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language which has all the letters in alphabetical order. 
  12. "Widow" is the only female form in the English language that is shorter than its corresponding male term ("widower").
  13. “Bookkeeper” is the only word in the English language with three consecutive sets of double letters.
  14. “Invisibility” is the only word in the English language which has one vowel, but this vowel occurs five times.
  15. The most common letters in English are "R", "S", "T", "L", "N", "E" and the letter "Q" is least used.
In my next posts will try to share some interesting facts about the Russian language and, if possible, also German and French. So stay tuned ;)

Popular posts from this blog

10 interesting facts about the Russian language

In my previous post I promised to follow with the  interesting info about some other languages. So here are 10 facts about the Russian language which might be of interest to those who are studying it. If you would like to have this list in Russian, please contact me and I will send it to you by email. So, what do I find interesting about my native language?

1. Russian has about 500,000 words, but only 2,000-2,500 of them are used frequently. 100 most frequently used words make 20% of all written and oral speech. A high school graduate's vocabulary usually has 1,500 to 4,000 words. Those who have graduated from a higher educational institution normally have a richer vocabulary consisting of approximately 8,000 words.
2. It's compulsory for all astronauts in the international space station to learn Russian, so we can call it an international language of space :)

How to Reply To a Negative Feedback About Your Translation

We are humans and we screw up many times!

And receiving a negative feedback about your translation work if one of them.

As translation professionals, we work daily with people from different cultures and backgrounds. So, it is quite important to keep a level of etiquette while we do our business communication.

Whatever your years of experience or your educational background, there are times when daily life affects our business badly. It is how we react to these situations what makes a big difference between professional translation service providers and those who are not.

I was lucky enough when I started my translation career back in 2004 to read about the “A Complaint Is a Gift” business book and receive my training by a true professional Arabic translator.

My colleague taught me the tactics of a professional’s reply to a negative feedback and the book mentions the bright side of receiving a complaint about your work. If the client does not like your work, he can just move to anothe…

Guest post: Where is Marketing Translation Heading in 2017

2016 was some year! It was a year when the breakneck speed of globalisation got a bloody nose, first from the Brexit vote in Britain and then the U.S. Presidential election shock result. In many parts of the world it felt that the trend towards greater communication and business expansion worldwide might slow down, even contract as communities in many countries signalled their discontent with being left behind. Could this affect the translation industry in 2017? It seems unlikely at this stage. 2016 saw a big spurt in the need for translators and there seems no signs of this slowing down in 2017. So what are the trends on the horizon, especially for marketing translation in 2017?
More demand for video translators Marketing is using the power of video more than ever. As consumers demand ever increasing amounts of data access and are using their mobile devices to make choices over buying preferences, video marketing has an ability to sell products in a more lifelike way than still imag…