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15 interesting facts about the English language

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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.
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