sábado, 18 de fevereiro de 2012

reasons why English is the best language to learn.

23 reasons English is the best, most compicated, and most versatile language on the planet.

1. The longest one-syllable word in the English

language is "screeched."

2. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends

in the letters "mt".

3.  No word in English language rhymes with

"month," "silver," "purple," or "orange."

4. The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called

an octothorpe.

5.  The symbol used in many URLs (Web addresses)

is called a tilde. (~)

6. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

7. The word "set" has more definitions than any

other word in English.

8. "Underground" is the only word in English that

begins and ends with the letters "und."

9. There are only four words in the English language

which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous,

stupendous, and hazardous.

10. The longest word in the English language,

according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is


11. The only other word with the same amount of

letters is its plural:


12. The longest place-name still in use is

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwe-nuakit natahu,

the Maori name of a hill in New Zealand.

13. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra

Senora la Reinade los Angeles de Porciuncula" and

can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, L.A.

14.  The verb "cleave" has definitions which are

antonyms of each other: to adhere and to separate.

15.  The verb "sanction" also has definitions which

are antonyms:  to sponsor and to ban.

16. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

17. There is a seven-letter word in English that

contains eleven words without rearranging any of its

letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her,

here, ere, I, therein, herein.

18. 'Stewardesses' is the longest English word that

is typed with only the left hand.

19. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine

different ways; the following sentence contains them

all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman

strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling

into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

20. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without

repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."

21. "Facetious" and "abstemious" contain all the vowels in

the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing


22. The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian

phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead."

23.  Only three words have entered English from Czech:

polka, pilsner, and robot.

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