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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