Word Facts

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A group of pugs is called a grumble.
A “butt” was a Medieval unit of measure for wine. Technically, a 'buttload' of wine is about 475 liters, or 126 gallons.
Shakespeare invented over 1,700 words that we use today.
The word "impossible" dropped in use by 50% over the course of the 20th century
Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying "jag of Flapan", instead of "flag of Japan".
A group of ferrets is called a business.
Didaskalaeinophobia is the fear of going to school.
Anuptaphobia is the fear of staying single.
The word 'mile' is derived from the Latin word for 1,000 - the number of paces it took the average Roman!
The word 'mortgage' comes from a French law term that means 'death pledge'.
In Turkish, the bird we call a Turkey is called "Hindi" ("from India"). In India, it's called "Peru." In Arabic, the bird is called "Greek chicken"; in Greek it's called "French chicken"; and in French it's called "Indian chicken." The bird is indigenous to none of these places.
The word "listen" contains the same letters as "silent."
Longest officially recognized place name is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
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The technical term for a cat’s hairball is a “bezoar.”
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.