Fascinating Facts


Fascinating facts about the English language

English is one of the most frequently spoken languages in the whole world so it is not surprising that a lot of people want to learn and understand how to speak this language.

In your English lessons you no doubt learn interesting facts and things but I’m sure you haven’t heard all of these facts before:

1. ‘E’ is the most widely used letter in the English language. In fact, as many as one in eight of all the letters written

in English is ‘e’.

2. More English words begin with the letter ‘S’ than any other letter of the alphabet.

3. ‘I am.’ is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

4. The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is ‘uncopyrightable’.

5. The following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: ‘He believed Caesar could see people

seizing the seas’.

6. Do you know what is special about the following sentence? ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’. This type

of sentence is called a ‘pangram’ as it uses every letter in the English language.

7. The longest word in English has 45 letters: ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’! It is a type of lung

disease caused by inhaling ash and sand dust.

8. There is no word in the English language that rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

9. ‘Queueing’ is the only word with five consecutive vowels (five vowels in a row). This is a great word to use when you

play hangman!

10. Due to a printing error, there was a word in the English dictionary from 1932 to 1940 which didn’t have a

meaning. The word was ‘Dord’ and it became known as ‘ghost word’.

11. ‘Pronunciation’ is the word which is most mispronounced in the English language!

12. English is the official language of the sky! It doesn’t matter which country they are from, all pilots speak in English

on international flights.

13. The most difficult tongue twister in the English language is “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”. Why not try it out

on your friends and see if any of them can say it without making a mistake?

14. Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are

added to the English dictionary every year.


One added interesting fun fact for you:

Ever wondered why the English computer keyboard is set out in a certain way (QWERTY) instead of in

alphabetical order? The reason for this is on early typewriters, the keys needed to be arranged in a

certain way so that the mechanical connecting rods which held the letters did not clash too much and jam the typewriter. The

letters had to be separated so that the ones which were most commonly used were not closely aligned next to each