Interesting Facts About English

Interesting Facts About English:

  • Only two English words in current use end in “-gry”. They are “angry” and “hungry”.
  • The word “bookkeeper” (along with its associate “bookkeeping”) is the only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters. Other such words, like “sweet-toothed”, require a hyphen to be readily readable.
  • More English words begin with the letter “s” than with any other letter.
  • A preposition is always followed by a noun (ie noun, proper noun, pronoun, noun group, gerund).
  • The word “uncopyrightable” is the longest English word in normal use that contains no letter more than once.
  • The only word in English that ends with the letters “-mt” is “dreamt” (which is a variant spelling of “dreamed”) – as well of course as “undreamt” :)
  • The word “alphabet” comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, bēta.
  • The “QWERTY keyboard” gains its name from the fact that its first 6 letter keys are Q, W, E, R, T and Y. On early typewriters the keys were arranged in such a way as to minimize the clashing of the mechanical rods that carried the letters.


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