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Linguistic facts of the week – English

  1. No word in the English language rhymes with month.
  2. Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters ‘mt’.
  3. The word set has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  4. Underground is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters ‘und’.
  5. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is screeched.
  6. There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘-dous’: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  7. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  8. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural 🙂
  9. There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, ‘therein’: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
  10. No words in the English language rhyme with orange, silver or purple.
  11. Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  12. The combination ‘ough’ can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”
  13. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightabl

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Sharon Stephens is Operations Director of Lingua Translation. With a First Class Honours Degree in Translation and a University Lecturer in Translation (Masters), she is a self confessed language geek! Bringing the academic principles of translation and business together Sharon offers a quality-driven and needs centric translation and interpreting service - like no other.

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