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

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    A 2 letter sentence

    "Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    No rhymes

    No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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