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    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter b
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    WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW.. 'WASITACARORACATISAW'.. This is the only English sentence which even if we read in reverse, it'll give the same sentence.
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    "Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."
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    The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!
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    'Go', is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
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    The Chief Translator for the European Parliament can speak 32 different languages fluently.
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    The dab of toothpaste you squeeze onto your toothbrush is called a "nurdle".
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    The word "gorilla" comes from a Greek word that means "a tribe of hairy women".
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    A “butt” was a Medieval unit of measure for wine. Technically, a 'buttload' of wine is about 475 liters, or 126 gallons.
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    More people in Africa speak French than in France itself.
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    Shakespeare invented over 1,700 words that we use today.
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    The word "impossible" dropped in use by 50% over the course of the 20th century
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    Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying "jag of Flapan", instead of "flag of Japan".
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    Didaskalaeinophobia is the fear of going to school.
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    The equivalents of the English saying "That's Greek to me" are "This appears to be Spanish" (German), "This is Chinese to me" (Dutch), "It's German to me" (Philippines), "It's Hebrew" (Finnish), "It's Chinese to me" (Hebrew), "Sounds like Mars language/These are chicken intestines" (China).
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    Iceland has been so culturally isolated through history since the Vikings, that compared to other Scandinavian counties, people who speak Icelandic can still read the old Norsk sagas.
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    The word 'mile' is derived from the Latin word for 1,000 - the number of paces it took the average Roman!
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    The word 'mortgage' comes from a French law term that means 'death pledge'.
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    Before the English speaking world was exposed to the fruit, the color orange was referred to as “geoluhread” which is Old English for red-yellow.
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    Thinking in a foreign language makes decisions more rational.
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    In Denmark, "Fart-kontrol" means "Speed check".
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    '⸮' is a punctuation mark that was first proposed in the 1580s to denote sarcasm or irony.
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    The United States does not have an official language.
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    The six official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
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    The word "listen" contains the same letters as "silent."
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    The P.S. at the end of a letter stands for Post Script.
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    The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
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    There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
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    Hoover vacuum cleaners were so popular in the UK that many people now refer to vacuuming as hoovering.
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    Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.
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    Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
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    Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.
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    WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW.. 'WASITACARORACATISAW'.. This is the only English sentence which even if we read in reverse, it'll give the same sentence.
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    "Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."
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    The word "clitoris" comes from the Greek word meaning "side of a hill".
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    The Danish word for condom is 'svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel'.
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    'Go', is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
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    The onion is named after the Latin word 'unio' meaning large pearl.
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    There are around 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.
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    Shakespeare's works contain first-ever recordings of 2,035 English words, including critical, frugal, excellent, barefaced, assassination, and countless.
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    The Hawaiian alphabet has 13 letters.
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    The word "pornography" comes from the Greek meaning the "writings of prostitutes."
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    There was no punctuation until the 15th century.
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    There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month! Interesting tries from our readers: orange: door hinge, melange (French for mix) purple: hurtle, durple?, turtle month: once, bunth?, hunch
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    The word Tips is actually an acronym standing for 'To Insure Prompt Service'.

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