13 Things About The English Language You Probably Never Knew

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(1) Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”

(2) In Celtic pubs, ale was ordered by pints and quarts. So, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s.”

(3) Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

(4) The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.

(5) The longest one-syllable words in the English language are screeched and scratched.

(6) The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

(7) The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the “General Purpose” vehicle, G.P.

(8) The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

(9) 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.

(10) The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

(11) Underground and underfund are the only words in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”

(12) 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, ere, therein, herein.

(13) To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.

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