English Language Trivia

English language has more than 1 million words, twice as many words as Cantonese, the world’s second most dense language.

With over 800 million native speakers, Chinese Mandarin is the most spoken native language, followed by Spanish and English.

Today English is probably the most widely spoken language in the world, with many people learning it as a second or foreign language. It is estimated that there could be as many as 1.5 billion total English speakers worldwide.

English is one of six official languages of the United Nations, as well as French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese Mandarin.

The first English dictionary was written in 1755.

‘E’ is the most used letter of the alphabet, 'Q' is the least used letter.

‘Set’ has the most definitions, of all the words in the English language (I would have thought it was 'get').

"Was it a car or a cat I saw", the only full English sentence that when read in reverse will be the same.

One of the toughest tongue twisters: "The sixth sick Sheikh's sixth sheep’s sick."

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is a pangram, which is a sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet.

'United Arab Emirates', is made up of alternating vowels and consonants. It is the longest name of a country whose letters do that.

The oldest word in the English language is 'town'.

Alll pilots on international flights identify themselves in English regardless of their country of origin  .

No words in English rhyme with: 'month', 'orange', 'silver', or 'purple'.

Palindrom = a word, phrase, number or any other sequence of units which has the property of reading the same forwards as it does backwards. Example: eye, pop, noon, level, radar, kayak, rotator.

‘Redivider’ is believed to be the longest palindromic word using common English. (redivider = something that divides or apportions again)

'Bookkeeper' and 'bookkeeping' are the only 2 words in the English language with three consecutive double letters.

There are only 4 words in the English language which end in 'dous' (they are: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous).

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