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The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means, "the King is dead"
The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, Spanish and Portuguese.
There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
Widow is the only female form in the English language that is shorter than its corresponding male term (widower).
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down--hence the expression "to get fired."
Language with the largest alphabet: Khmer (74 letters). This Austro-Asiatic language is the official language of Cambodia, where approx.12 million people speak it. Minority speakers live in a handful of other countries.
Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States
The letter "n" ends all Japanese words not ending in a vowel.
The shortest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order is the word"almost."
There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: "indivisibility."
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Finnish word SAIPPUAKIVIKAUPPIAS a soapstone seller is the longest known palindrome in any language.
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
On June 26th, 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco. (The text of the charter was in five languages: Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The first message tapped by Samuel Morse over his invention the telegraph was: "What hath God wrought?"
The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan.
There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and month! Interesting tries from our readers: orange: door hinge, melange (French for mix) purple: hurtle, durple?, turtle month: once, bunth?, hunch
A baby in Florida was named: Truewilllaughinglifebuckyboomermanifestdestiny. His middle name is George James
Country with the most languages spoken: Papua New Guinea has 820 living languages.
Involuntary bad language, a symptom affecting about one in 10 people with Tourette's syndrome, is called "coprolalia".
Language with the most consonant sounds: Ubyx (81 consonants). This language of the North Causasian Language family, once spoken in the Haci Osman village near Istanbul, has been extinct since 1992. Among living languages, !Xóõ has the most consonants (77).
Of all the words in the English language, the word "set" has the most definitions.
Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States!
The distress code 'Mayday' comes from the French for help me, M'Aide!
The letter most in use in the English language is "E" and the letter "Q" is least used.
The most widely published language: English
The three words in the English language with the letters "uu" are: vacuum, residuum and continuum.
There are at least two words in the English language that use all of the vowels, in the correct order, and end in the letter Y: abstemiously & facetiously.
There is no word that rhymes with orange.
Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt"!
Language with the shortest alphabet: Rotokas (12 letters). Approx. 4300 people speak this East Papuan language. They live primarily in the Bougainville Province of Papua New Guinea.
Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in the Korean language
The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.
The word 'Indiana' is Native American for 'Land of the Indians', yet less than 16,000 Native Americans live there.
There was no punctuation until the 15th century.
Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E!
Longest word in the English language: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters)
Somalia is the only African country in which the entire population speaks the same language, Somali.
The longest word in the English language with no vowels is Rhythms!
The word 'News' is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points - North, East, West, and South!
Victor Hugo's Les Miserable contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.
French was the official language of England for over 600 years.
More people in China speak English than in the United States.
Speak of the Devil is short for "Speak of the Devil and he shall come". It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention. That's why when you're talking about someone and they show up people say "Speak of the Devil"
The longest word in the Old Testament is "Malhershalahashbaz."
The word "honcho" comes from a Japanese word meaning "squad leader" and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.
You won’t find a "6" in Cameroon phone numbers--the native language has no sound for "x."
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, has been translated into more languages than any book outside of the Bible.
Language with the most words: English, approx. 250,000 distinct words
Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
The longest one syllable word in he English language is "screeched".
The word 'gymnasium' comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means 'to exercise naked.'"
There is only ONE word in the English language with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OF DOUBLE LETTERS.... Bookkeeper
Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'
Latin is a dead language.
Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in the Korean language.
The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses!
The word 'nerd' was first coined by Dr. Seuss in 'If I ran the Zoo'
TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters only one row of the keyboard
Crayola is a French word that means 'Oily chalk.'"
Language with the most vowel sounds: !Xóõ (31 vowels)
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The longest non-medical word in the English language is FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION, which means "the act of estimating as worthless".
The word 'Bye' is used in both English and Spanish meaning the same thing
There is no word that rhymes with purple.
"Go." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
In England, in the 1880's, 'Pants' was considered a dirty word.
Number of living languages: 6912
The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' depicts two women living under one roof.
The most difficult language to learn is Basque, which is spoken in northwestern Spain and southwestern France.
The word "trivia" comes from the Latin "trivium" which is the place where three roads meet, a public square. People would gather and talk about all sorts of matters, most of which were trivial
"Forty" is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order. "One" is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.
How long have languages existed: Since about 100,000 BC
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
The "you are here" arrow on maps is called an ideo locator
The most common letters in English are 
The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666.
No language has more synonyms than English.
The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
The most common consonant sounds in the world's languages: /p/, /t/, /k/, /m/, /n/
The word "monosyllable" actually has five syllables in it
"Four" is the only number whose number of letters in the name equals the number.
In Chinese, the words crisis and opportunity are the same
No word in the English language rhymes with"month".
The Academy Award statue is named after a librarian's uncle. One day Margaret Herrick, librarian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made a remark that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar, and the name stuck.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed
The word "time" is the most common noun in the English language.
According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is"American."
It has been estimated that the number of actively spoken languages in the world today is about 6,000.
Oldest written language still in existence: Chinese or Greek (about 1500 BC)
The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with
There are more than 2,700 languages in the world. In addition, there are more than 7,000 dialects.
Good bye came from God bye which came from God be with you. So-long came from the Arabic salaam and the Hebrew shalom
More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.
Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand
The medical name for the part of the brain associated with teenage sulking is "superior temporal sulcus".
The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want
Zorro' means 'fox' in Spanish

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