English Language Trivia

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is screeched." No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt". Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, doughfaced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. alternately: "Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA. The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic." The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase

" The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language. It came from Czech/Slovak "robotovat. ." The Bible has been translated into Klingon. TYPEWRITER. All three words score an extra 50 points for having seven letters and therefore emptying the letter rack in one go. "Corduroy" comes from the French. "cord du roi" or "cloth of the king. The word "robot" was created by Karel Capek. Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head." which means to work very hard.solidrockpl." The highest scoring word in the English language game of Scrabble is 'Quartzy'. http://www. The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want. The most common name in the world is Mohammed. "Polish" is the only word in the English language that when capitalized is changed from a noun or a verb to a nationality. The English word with the most consonants in a row is ‘latchstring’.htm The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea. This will score 164 points if played across a red triple-word square with the Z on a light blue double-letter square. is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard. It will score 162 points if played across two pink double-word squares with the Q and the Y on those squares. Hawaii. The names of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.org/English_Language_Trivia.family. The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."Shah Mat." which means "the king is dead". 'Bezique' and 'Cazique' are next with a possible 161 points.

'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel. saying jag of Flapan. The stress in Hungarian words always falls on the first syllable. its plural. stipulating that the bride's parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding. i l o t u v w x are the symmetric lower case letters in the Roman alphabet. according to the Oxford English Dictionary." which means "the act of estimating as worthless. The term. is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. a honey-flavored wine." . Switching letters is called ‘spoonerism’. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses. The second longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary is "floccinaucinihilipilification." A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral. that month became known as the honeymonth. For example. is derived from the Babylonians who declared mead." The word "girl" appears only once in the Bible. The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungah oronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. hence our honeymoon. a New Zealand hill. each used three times is the word "deeded. Source: Bryan Giese "Rhythm" and "syzygy" are the longest English words without vowels. but for 'and' (in civil proceedings) or 'against' (in criminal proceedings). The 'v' in the name of a court case does not stand for 'versus'. The longest word in the English language. The word "karate" means "empty hand. A H I M O T U V W X Y are the symmetric capital letters in the Roman alphabet. the official wedding drink.The only word that consists of two letters. instead of flag of Japan. honeymoon. It is a a pneumoconiosis caused by the inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust.

or from Nimes. To remedy sagging ropes.. The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a "portmanteau.e. i. "Help Me" When two words are combined to form a single word (e. motor + hotel = motel.D." ." respectively. a place in France. The words 'sacrilegious' and 'religion' do not share the same etymological root. The longest word that can be typed using on the right hand is 'lollipop'. not pledged to one master. 'Skepticisms' is the longest word that can be typed using alternate hands.g. The longest muscle name is the "levator labiisuperioris alaeque nasi" and Elvis popularized it with his lip motions." Avocado is derived from the Spanish word 'aguacate' which is derived from 'ahuacatl' meaning testicle. actually stands for "Anno Domini" rather than "After Death. 'Stewardesses' and 'reverberated' are the two longest words (12 letters each) that can be typed using on the left hand. The term "Mayday" used for signaling for help after (SOS). Source: "2201 Fascinating Facts" Alma mater means bountiful mother. AM and PM stand for "Ante-Meridian" and "Post-Meridian. and A. "Freelance" comes from a knight whose lance was free for hire. The word denim comes from 'deNimes'. one would use a bed key to tighten the rope. One out of every eight letters used in written English is an e. it comes from the French term "M'aidez" which is pronounced "MayDay" and means.The third longest word in the English language is "antidisestablishmenterianism".

meaning a throat. etc. rein. The heraldic term "gules"." The only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one end point is P. here. Lucifer is latin for "Light Bringer". comes from the French word "gueules". There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. There is a word in the English language with only one vowel." which was used in medieval manuscripts as an abbreviation for the word "Christ" (xus=christus. There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters. herein. "Xmas" does not begin with the Roman letter X." Muumuu. "therein": the. It is a translation of the Hebrew name for Satan. there.) The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have 1 syllable." "v" and "w. which occurs six times: Indivisibility.The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.. in. it has three. The oldest word in the English language is "town" . The letters H I O X in the latin alphabet is the only ones that look the same if you turn them upside down or see them from behind. here." There are only three words in the English language with the letter combination "uu. Satan Means "adversary". her. "Bookkeeper" and "bookkeeping" are the only words in the English language with three consecutive double letters. The only Dutch word to contain eight consecutive consonants is 'angstschreeuw'. Halael. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order.. vacuum and continuum. It begins with the Greek letter "chi. devil means "liar". meaning red. he. The youngest letters in the English language are "j. ere therein. "Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und.

they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. literally. Arbor=Trees.' ." is properly pronounced with a 'th' sound. With the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case "y". The Old English word for "sneeze" is "fneosan. "Hara kiri" is an impolite way of saying the Japanese word "seppuku" which means." The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight." The 'y' in signs reading "ye olde. so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England use the rune "thorn" to represent "th" sounds. The word "samba" means "to rub navels together. not 'y'. It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention." which means mountain. hence they were bits of "trivia. "belly splitting. The derivation of the word trivia comes from the Latin "tri-" + "via"." The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language. That's why when your talking about someone and they show up people say "Speak of the Devil" The "Nullarbor" in Nullarbor Desert in Western Australia is a Latin name. The "th" sound does not exist in Latin. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable. The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows. which means three streets. This is because in ancient times.." "Speak of the Devil" is short for "Speak of the Devil and he shall come".Hydroxydesoxycorticosteroneandhydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the largest anagrams. Null=No." meaning and. you might not." The word "Boondocks" comes from the Tagalog (Filipino) word "Bundok. You might be interested in it. at an intersection of three streeets in Rome (or some other Italian place)." The ampersand (&) is actually a stylised version of the Latin word "et.

' No modern language has a true concept of "I am. The correct response to the Irish greeting. The Greek version of the Old Testament is called the Septuagint. "lb. The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive vowels. The infinity sign is called a lemniscate. G. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle.The word 'pixel' is a contraction of either 'picture cell' or 'picture element. The naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase "amir al bahr".jayp." The abbreviation for pound.htm The past tense for the English word 'dare' is 'durst' The word 'testify' derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles The first English dictionary was written in 1755 The most commonly used word in English conversation is 'I' http://www. "Top of the morning to you.did-you-knows." is "and the rest of the day to yourself.net/trivia/lang01.com/did-you-know-facts/englishlanguage." It is always used linked with are in reference of another verb. the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.." comes from the astrological sign Libra.P. which means "lord of the sea" In Chinese. meaning balance.php . The Chinese ideogram for "trouble" symbolizes "two women living under one roof"." (MOdulateDEModulate) The shortest French word with all five vowels is "oiseau" meaning bird. and symbolized by scales. http://www. The word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate. demodulate.

A magic potion or charm thought to arouse sexual love. is known as a "philter. The ancient Romans built such an excellent system of roads that the saying arose "all roads lead to Rome. A ghost writer pens an anonymous book. The longer the teeth look." meaning "replacement or backup. their gums recede. or to become paralyzed and dead." A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue). The next-to-last is the penultimate. . The last thing to happen is the ultimate. especially toward a specific person. Ever since. giving the impression that their teeth are growing. "Long in the tooth." that is. A speleologist studies caves. eating human flesh. An archer always carried a second string in case the one on his bow broke. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. it is said to have a bug in it." meaning "old. no method being better than another. The popular saying came to mean that all ways or methods of doing something end in the same result. no matter which road one starts a journey on. when something goes wrong with a computer." comes from the middle ages. A bibliophile is a collector of rare books. investigated. "Second string. Cannibalism. The idiom "pillar of salt" means to have a stroke. In the Middle Ages. and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate. A bibliopole is a seller of rare books. the older the horse. is also called anthropophagy. he will finally reach Rome if he keeps on traveling. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. In 1945 a computer at Harvard malfunctioned and Grace Hopper. young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it. who was working on the computer." was originally used to describe horses. As horses age.

The world's largest alphabet is Cambodian. president to deliver an inaugural address without using the word "I". The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. However. about 2. Victor Hugo's Les Miserables contains one of the longest sentences in the French language . The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port. The word "assassination" was invented by Shakespeare.' It came from the first letters of the words North. There are 885. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.500 spoken languages in the world today.S.823 words without a period . The ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding or milling. many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. The side of a hammer is a cheek. This was because information was being gathered from all different directions.000 speakers. Abraham Lincoln. During heavy downpours of rain.000.000 people in China that speak that language. using "I" only once in their inaugural addresses. The two lines that connect your top lip to the bottom of your nose are known as the philtrum. Theodore Roosevelt was the only U. Franklin D.The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. The word 'news' did not come about because it was the plural of 'new. There are roughly 6. West and South. The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe. Eisenhower tied for second place. with 74 letters.000 of those languages have fewer than 1. East. The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula. Roosevelt and Dwight D.

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