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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.
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The word "listen" contains the same letters as "silent."
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Longest officially recognized place name is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
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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).
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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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