The 14th century marked the emergence of what we currently know as English. It attributes its origins to a number of dialects such as Late West Saxon and Old Norse. English language has a growth rate of one word per two hours. With this knowledge, it is evident that the English language prides in autonomy with a dazzling array of words being derived at the tick of the clock. This also makes the language a bit complex with many facts remaining unknown to scores of people, which is why even the native speakers still take grammar class or English courses. Imagine the trouble the non-native speakers have to go through. Below are 15 facts about English language you probably did not know.
1. Has it ever occurred to you that there exists a dot on top of letter ‘i’? If so, does it have a name? If you have never, then I am sure you are already asking. To keep you in the loop, it is called a ‘tittle’.
2. Is there any significant relationship between testify and testicles? You most likely are on it but going the wrong way. Maybe you ought to know that ‘testify’ was generated at the time when individuals were required to take oaths or rather swear on their testicles. So when you testify, you are as good as swearing on your testicles.
3. Only two words in English end with the suffix –gry. You can put a bet on this. In some instances, they have been subject to confusion. They are angry and hungry.
4. Did you know that ‘E’ is the most commonly used alphabetical letter with at least one out of eight words being a letter ‘e’
5. On the other hand, letter Q is the least used in English.
6. You probably come across two words ‘Bookkeeper’ and ‘Bookkeeping’ but perhaps it has never occurred to you that they are the only two words in English that have three successive double letters.
7. Did you know that ‘town’ is the oldest English word?
8. ‘Almost’ can just pass for any word but did you know it is the longest English word with its letters alphabetically arranged.
9. Have you at some point found yourself writing ‘dared’ as the past tense for ‘dare’? Oh no! You got it all wrong. You may consider replacing ‘dared’ with ‘durst’
10. Are you aware that ‘dreamt’ is the only English word that ends with ‘mt’
11. You possibly did not know that ‘strengths’ is the longest English word with just a single vowel.
12. In any spoken English conversation, it is evident that ‘I’ is commonly used.
13. Perhaps, you have never taken time to look at the first letters of the months between July and November. These letters combine to form the name ‘JASON’. You may consider giving your male child this name if he is born in any month within this bracket.
14. Only four English words end in the suffix –ous. They are tremendous, hazardous, stupendous and horrendous.
15. The English Dictionary has served a great role in helping with the mastery of Language but did you know that the first English dictionary was written in 1755 by Dr Johnson