Did you know? No, really, did you?

Bet you never stopped to think about it. 😉

  • The most commonly used letter in the alphabet is E (1 out of every 8 letters written is an e).
  •  The least used letter in the alphabet is Q.
  •  Dreamt is the only word that ends in mt.
  •  The first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON.
  •  There are only 4 words in the English language which end in ‘dous’ (they are: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous).
  •  The oldest word in the English language is ‘town‘.
  •  ‘Bookkeeper‘ and ‘bookkeeping‘ are the only 2 words in the English language with three consecutive double letters.
  •  The word ‘Strengths‘ is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
  •  The dot on top of the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  •  The past tense for the English word ‘dare‘ is ‘durst‘.
  •  The word ‘testify‘ derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles.
  •  The first English dictionary was written in 1755.
  •  The old English word ‘juke‘ meaning dancing lends its name to the juke box.
  •  All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English regardless of their country of origin.
  •  The expression to ‘knuckle down‘ originated from playing marbles (players used to put their knuckles to the ground for their best shots).
  •  The word ‘almost‘ is the longest in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  •  The most commonly used word in English conversation is ‘I‘.


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One response to “Did you know? No, really, did you?”

  1. Jerry says :

    The stated derivation for “testify” is false.

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