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Interesting Facts about English

1. The English language as we now know it began to emerge in the 14th century from a variety of dialects including Old Norse and Late West Saxon.

2. Language, grammar and particularly spelling only really became standardised with the publication of Dr Johnson’s Dictionary in 1755.

3. More English words begin with the letter 'S' than any other letter of the alphabet.

4. Mandarin Chinese is the only language spoken by more people around the world than English.

5. Around one in eight of all letters in written English is an ‘e’.
   The English language grows at a rate of about one new word every two hours.

6. The longest common words that can be typed on the top row of a keyboard are 'proprietor', 'repertoire', 'perpetuity' and 'typewriter' itself.

7. The three words most common in spoken English are ‘I’, ‘you’ and ‘the’ …

8. …The top three words in written English are ‘the’, ‘of’ and ‘and’.

9. The word 'uncopyrightable' consists entirely of different letters. Along with 'dermatoglyphics’ (study of fingerprints), it is the longest such word.

10. The English language grows at a rate of about one new word every two hours.

By: William Hartson
Published: Wed, December 4, 2013
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