20 interesting facts about the English language


20 interesting facts about the English language


  1. English is the sole official language in 31 nations. An additional 20 nationsidentify English as one of two or more official languag
  2. ¾ of the world’s mail, telexes and cables are in English. English is the medium for 80%of the information stored in the world’s computers.
  3. “E”is the most commonly used letter in the English language.



  1. More English words begin with the letter “S”than any other letter of the alphabet.
  2. “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.image003
  1. The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is “uncopyrightable”.
  2. The following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: “He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas”.
  3. The longest word in English has 45 letters: “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis”! It is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling ash and sand dust.
  4. There is no word in the English language that rhymes with “month”, “orange”, “silver”or“purple”.



  1. “Queueing” is the only word with 5 consecutive vowels (in a row).
  2. “Pronunciation”is the word which is most mispronounced in the English language!
  3. 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.



  1. Approximately one newword is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 newwords are added to the English dictionary every year.


  1. “Hungry”and “angry” are the only words in the English language that end in “-gry”.
  2. The word“typewriter” is the longest word that can be typed using only the top row of a keyboard.
  3. The sentence“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English alphabet.
  4. The word “set”has the most definitions.
  5. The least used letter in the alphabet isQ”.
  6. The oldest word in the English language is“town”.
  7. There was no word for the colour“orange”in English until the 16th

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