Most popular English word and grammar facts

1. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter.

1. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter.

2. WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW.. ‘WASITACARORACATISAW’.. This is the only English sentence which even if we read in reverse, it’ll give the same sentence.

3. “Goodbye” came from “God bye” which came from “God be with you.”

4. The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet!

5. ‘Go’, is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

6. The word “listen” contains the same letters as “silent.”

7. The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

8. There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

9. Hoover vacuum cleaners were so popular in the UK that many people now refer to vacuuming as hoovering.

10. Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.

11. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression “to get fired.”

12. Floccinaucinihilipilification, the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.

13. ‘Go’, is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

14. The onion is named after the Latin word ‘unio’ meaning large pearl.

15. There are around 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.

16. Shakespeare’s works contain first-ever recordings of 2,035 English words, including critical, frugal, excellent, barefaced, assassination, and countless.

17. The word Tips is actually an acronym standing for ‘To Insure Prompt Service’.

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