Wednesday, April 27, 2011


  1. WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW. This is the only English sentence which even if we read in reverse, it'll give the same sentence.
  2. The nine-word sequence I, in, sin, sing, sting, string, staring, starting (or starling), startling can be formed by successively adding one letter to the previous word.
  3. “One thousand” contains the letter A, but none of the words from one to nine hundred ninety-nine has an A.
  4. The word "clitoris" comes from the Greek word meaning "side of a hill".
  5. 'Go', is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  6. In nearly every language around the world, the word for "mother" begins with an m sound. Some exceptions can be found in the Uralic language group.
  7. Shakespeare's works contain first-ever recordings of 2,035 English words, including critical, frugal, excellent, barefaced, assassination, and countless.
  8. The word "pornography" comes from the Greek meaning the "writings of prostitutes."
  9. The word "taxi" is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, Spanish and Portuguese.
  10. The word 'set' has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  11. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!
  12. The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used!
  13. Around 5,000 languages are currently spoken in the world (an exact count is hard to give because even linguists don't always agree as to whether two languages are different or if one is a dialect of the other). About 4% of them are spoken by 96% of Earth's population.
  14. The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad!
  15. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!
  16. The longest word in the English language with no vowels is "rhythms"!
  17. The distress code 'Mayday' comes from the French for help me, M'Aide!
  18. Victor Hugo's Les Miserables contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.
  19. “Ough” can be pronounced in eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully.
  20. "Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."

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