Curiosities About the English Language
The English language is, quite literally, the greatest language in the world. Over 840 million people speak English as a first or second language, which makes it the second most-spoken language right after Mandarin. It is an official language of a whopping 67 countries as well as 27 non-sovereign entities such as Hong Kong or Puerto Rico. Let's take a look at five interesting facts about the English language
A 2 letter sentence
"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
Rule of thumb
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
Where's the "A" ?!
If you were to spell out numbers, you would you have to go until 1,000 until you would find the letter A.
Create a palindrome phrase
the most difficult kind of phrase to create is a palindrome, a sentence or group of sentences that reads the same backward and forward. A few examples:
Ma is as selfless as I am.
Red rum, sir, is murder.
Never odd or even.
A man, a plan, a canal - Panama.
Nurse, I spy gypsies. Run!
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