English trivia!!

y The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. This is a term for a type of lung disease that is caused by silica dust. The word can be found in an unabridged dictionary, making it the longest actual word in the English language. ³Screeched´ and ³strengths´ are the two longest one-syllable words in the English language. There are four words in the English language which show all of the vowels in alphabetical order. They are: facetious, abstemious, annelidous, and arsenious. There are only two words in the English language which show the five vowels in reverse alphabetical order. These are: duoliteral, and subcontinental. If you include ³y´ in with the vowels, the word ³uncomplimentary´ also falls into this category. Vowels however are not the only letters that appear in remarkable English. There are also a number of words that contain the longest strings of consonants. These are: bergschrunds, borschts, eschscholtzia, latchstring, and weltschmerz. The longest word in the English language with no one letter to appear twice is uncopyrightable. The longest sentence to contain the sound of ³ee´ is, ³He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas.´ In the same way, the ³ough´ spelling also has many different pronunciations. A sentence containing all the ways that this odd spelling can be said is, ³A rough-coated, doughfaced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough after falling into a slough.´ With all the different rules, pronunciations, and spellings, it¶s no wonder why the English language is considered to be one of the most complex languages in the world. Of all the words in the English language, the word µset¶ has the most definitions! What is called a ³French kiss´ in the English speaking world is known as an ³English kiss´ in France. ³Almost´ is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order. ³Rhythm´ is the longest English word without a vowel. The word ³queue´ is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed. Uncopyrightable is the longest word with no repeated letters. The word checkmate comes from the Persian phrase ³Shah Mat´, which means ³the king is dead´. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.

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. That¶s why when your talking about someone and they show up people say ³Speak of the Devil´ The dot over the letter µi¶ is called a tittle. ³Speak of the Devil´ is short for ³Speak of the Devil and he shall come´.e.y y y y ³Underground´ is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters ³und. not pledged to one master.´ ³Freelance´ comes from a knight whose lance was free for hire. It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention. i.

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