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Language Facts

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1 month ago
The Chief Translator for the European Parliament can speak 32 different languages fluently.
2 months ago
The dab of toothpaste you squeeze onto your toothbrush is called a "nurdle".
3 months ago
The word "gorilla" comes from a Greek word that means "a tribe of hairy women".
5 months ago
A “butt” was a Medieval unit of measure for wine. Technically, a 'buttload' of wine is about 475 liters, or 126 gallons.
5 months ago
More people in Africa speak French than in France itself.
7 months ago
Shakespeare invented over 1,700 words that we use today.
7 months ago
The word "impossible" dropped in use by 50% over the course of the 20th century
7 months ago
Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying "jag of Flapan", instead of "flag of Japan".
8 months ago
Didaskalaeinophobia is the fear of going to school.
8 months ago
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).
8 months ago
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.
8 months ago
The word 'mile' is derived from the Latin word for 1,000 - the number of paces it took the average Roman!
8 months ago
The word 'mortgage' comes from a French law term that means 'death pledge'.
9 months ago
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.
9 months ago
Thinking in a foreign language makes decisions more rational.
9 months ago
In Denmark, "Fart-kontrol" means "Speed check".
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