English Facts

29 facts tagged with English Facts

  • 1
    The dab of toothpaste you squeeze onto your toothbrush is called a "nurdle".
  • 2
    A “butt” was a Medieval unit of measure for wine. Technically, a 'buttload' of wine is about 475 liters, or 126 gallons.
  • 3
    In 1700s, the deer skin was a common medium of exchange between the trading settlers and the native Red Indians in America. This is how a buck became a slang for a dollar.
  • 4
    Shakespeare invented over 1,700 words that we use today.
  • 5
    The word "impossible" dropped in use by 50% over the course of the 20th century
  • 6
    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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    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.
  • 8
    The Simpsons are responsible for popularizing the word 'meh'.
  • 9
    '⸮' is a punctuation mark that was first proposed in the 1580s to denote sarcasm or irony.
  • 10
    The United States does not have an official language.
  • 11
    The six official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
  • 12
    The word "listen" contains the same letters as "silent."
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    English sailors were referred to as "limeys" because sailors added lime juice to their diet to combat scurvy.
  • 14
    The P.S. at the end of a letter stands for Post Script.
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    The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”
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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).
  • 17
    There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • 18
    Hoover vacuum cleaners were so popular in the UK that many people now refer to vacuuming as hoovering.
  • 19
    Englishmen drink more tea than any person of any other nation (over twenty times more than Americans)
  • 20
    Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.
  • 21
    Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.
  • 22
    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.
  • 23
    If you mouth the word "colorful" to someone, it looks like you are saying "I love you".
  • 24
    "Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."
  • 25
    The word "clitoris" comes from the Greek word meaning "side of a hill".
  • 26
    The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start, excluding the North and South infront of AmericA.
  • 27
    TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • 28
    'Go', is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • 29
    "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.