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"The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae; Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter b
In English, "four" is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value
Language which has won the most Oscars: Italian (12 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film)
Of all the languages in the world, English has the largest vocabulary about 800,000 words.
Panspermia is the idea that life on Earth originated on another planet.
The clitoris derives its name from the ancient Greek word kleitoris, meaning "little hill".
The first words spoken by Thomas Edison over the phonograph were: "Mary had a little lamb."
The most translated document: Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, written by the United Nations in 1948, has been translated into 321 languages and dialects.
The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
The word Tips is actually an acronym standing for 'To Insure Prompt Service'.
There are only four words in the English language which end in '-dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
before Jets, Jet lag was called Boat lag
Language with the fewest irregular verbs: Esperanto (none)
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eye"!
The language in which a government conducts business is the official language of that country.
The Philippines has more than 1,000 regional dialects and two official languages.
There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers. The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. There are 885,000,000 people in China that speak that language.
Canada is an Indian word meaning 'Big Village'.
Language with the fewest vowel sounds: Ubyx (2 vowels). The related language Abkhaz also has 2 vowels in some dialects. There are approximately 106,000 Abkhaz speakers living primarily in Georgia.
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
The language of a society changes slowly but steadily with the result that an educated person will not be able to read or understand words in his language written 500 years ago.
The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
There are thirteen languages spoken by more than 100 million people. They are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Malay-Indonesian, French, Japanese, German, and Urdu.
"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."
Beelzebub is Hebrew for 'Lord of the Flies'.
First language ever written: Sumerian or Egyptian (about 3200 BC)
In Vulcan, Alberta Canada, the tourist welcome sign is written in both English and Klingon (alien language from “Star Trek”).
Language with the fewest consonant sounds: Rotokas (6 consonants)
Mafia in Old Arabic means 'sanctuary.'
Of all the words in the English language, the word ' set ' has the most definitions!
Papaphobia is the fear of Popes
Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say 'many things' and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -in many places -refers to '40 days,' they meant many days.
The computer programming language ADA was named in honor of Augusta Ada King. The U.S. Defense Department named the language after the Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron because she helped finance and program what is thought to be the first computer, the “analytical engine” designed by Charles Babbage.
The infinity character on the keyboard is called a "lemniscate"
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used!
The only MLB team to have both its city's name and its team name in a foreign language is the San Diego Padres.
The word 'set' has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
There are 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.
There are only two sequences of four consecutive letters that can be found in the English language:"rstu" and "mnop." Examples of each are understudy and gynophobia.
Vodka' is Russian for 'little water'.
An infestation of head lice is called pediculosis.
Language spoken by the greatest number of non-native speakers: English (250 million to 350 million non-native speakers)
Out of all the eight letter words in the English language, only one has only one vowel in it: "strength"
The first words spoken by over Alexander Bell over the telephone were: "Watson, please come here. I want you."
The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."
There are only 4 words in the English language which end in "duos": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village"
Language with the fewest words: Taki Taki (also called Sranan), 340 words. Taki Taki is an English-based Creole spoken by 120,000 in the South American country of Suriname.
Pogonophobia: The fear of beards
The language with the fewest sounds (phonemes): Rotokas (11 phonemes)
The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and"facetious."
All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English.
Karoke means 'empty orchestra' in Japanese.
Only 3 words in the English language end in "ceed": "proceed," "exceed," and "succeed."
The first word spoken on the moon was "okay."
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!
There are no words in the English language that rhyme with silver and orange
"Rhythms" is the longest English word without the normal vowels, a, e, i, o, or u.
China has more English speakers than the United States.
French was the official language of England for over 600 years.
In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word!
Language with the greatest number of native speakers: Mandarin Chinese
Many languages in Africa include a “click” sound that is pronounced at the same time as other sounds. You must learn these languages in childhood to do it properly.
Number of those languages that are nearly extinct: 516
Publishers have coined the term "Brownsploitation" for the rash of books that have sprung up in the wake of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code blockbuster.
South Africa used to have two official languages, now it has eleven.
The Chinese language does not require punctuation.
The language with the most sounds (phonemes): !Xóõ (112 phonemes). Approx. 4200 speak !Xóõ, the vast majority of whom live in the African country of Botswana.
The longest word in the Finnish language, that isn't a compound word, is 'epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen'. In English it means 'even with their lack of ability to disorganize'.
The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad!
The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language

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