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Language Interesting Facts

  • The first word spoken on the moon was "okay."
  • Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in the Korean language
  • The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with
  • Panspermia is the idea that life on Earth originated on another planet.
  • An infestation of head lice is called pediculosis.
  • The medical name for the part of the brain associated with teenage sulking is "superior temporal sulcus".
  • Involuntary bad language, a symptom affecting about one in 10 people with Tourette's syndrome, is called "coprolalia".
  • The word "time" is the most common noun in the English language.
  • The clitoris derives its name from the ancient Greek word kleitoris, meaning "little hill".
  • Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666.
  • Publishers have coined the term "Brownsploitation" for the rash of books that have sprung up in the wake of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code blockbuster.
  • The "you are here" arrow on maps is called an ideo locator
  • The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want
  • In English, "four" is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value
  • Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States
  • The word "trivia" comes from the Latin "trivium" which is the place where three roads meet, a public square. People would gather and talk about all sorts of matters, most of which were trivial
  • TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters only one row of the keyboard
  • "Speak of the Devil" is short for "Speak of the Devil and he shall come". It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention. That's why when you're talking about someone and they show up people say "Speak of the Devil"
  • The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means, "the King is dead"
  • The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language
  • The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village"
  • Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand
  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed
  • The longest non-medical word in the English language is FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION, which means "the act of estimating as worthless".
  • Mafia in Old Arabic means 'sanctuary.'
  • The longest word in the Old Testament is "Malhershalahashbaz."
  • Karoke means 'empty orchestra' in Japanese.
  • The first message tapped by Samuel Morse over his invention the telegraph was: "What hath God wrought?"
  • The first words spoken by over Alexander Bell over the telephone were: "Watson, please come here. I want you."
  • Papaphobia is the fear of Popes
  • The Academy Award statue is named after a librarian's uncle. One day Margaret Herrick, librarian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made a remark that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar, and the name stuck.
  • The first words spoken by Thomas Edison over the phonograph were: "Mary had a little lamb."
  • The three words in the English language with the letters "uu" are: vacuum, residuum and continuum.
  • A baby in Florida was named: Truewilllaughinglifebuckyboomermanifestdestiny. His middle name is George James
  • 'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in '-dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
  • The word 'Bye' is used in both English and Spanish meaning the same thing
  • Pogonophobia: The fear of beards
  • In Chinese, the words crisis and opportunity are the same
  • The infinity character on the keyboard is called a "lemniscate"
  • Good bye came from God bye which came from God be with you. So-long came from the Arabic salaam and the Hebrew shalom
  • The word 'nerd' was first coined by Dr. Seuss in 'If I ran the Zoo'
  • before Jets, Jet lag was called Boat lag
  • The word "monosyllable" actually has five syllables in it
  • There are no words in the English language that rhyme with silver and orange
  • The letter "n" ends all Japanese words not ending in a vowel.
  • It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
  • 'Zorro' means 'fox' in Spanish
  • You won’t find a "6" in Cameroon phone numbers--the native language has no sound for "x."
  • The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down--hence the expression "to get fired."

Check Also these common everyday words in different Languages

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Here is some definitions that play with words :-)

ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye.
CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people.
CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
GOSSIP: A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.
INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. 
MYTH: A female moth.
MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better.
RAISIN: Grape with a sunburn.
SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time.
SKELETON: A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.
TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today. 
YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed. 
WRINKLES: Something other people have.  You have character lines. 


Here are 100 ways to say "I love you", my favorite words, in each of the most popular languages

~100 ways to say i love you~
Arabic - Ana Behibak (to a male)
Arabic - Ana Behibek (to a female)
Bavarian - I mog di narrisch gern
Bulgarian - Obicham te
Burmese - chit pa de
Cambodian - Bon sro lanh oon
Canadian French - Sh'teme
Cantonese - Ngo oi ney
Chinese - (see the entries for mandarin or cantonese!)
Corsican - Ti tengu cara (to female)
Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
Croatian - LJUBim te
Czech - miluji te

Danish - "Jeg elsker dig"  (pronounced 'yai el-ske die').  Thanks Ms. Schramm :-)
Dutch - Ik hou van jou
English - I love youEnglish - I adore you
Filipino - Mahal ka ta
Flemish - Ik zie oe geerne
French - Je t'aime
Gaelic - Ta gra agam ort
German - Ich liebe Dich
Greek - s'ayapo
Hawaiian - Aloha I'a Au Oe
Hebrew - Ani ohev otach (male to female)
Hebrew - Ani ohev otcha (male to male)Hebrew - Ani ohevet otach (female to female)
Hebrew - Ani ohevet otcha (female to male)
Hindi - Mai tumase pyar karata hun (male to female)
Hindi - Mai tumase pyar karati hun (female to male)
Hungarian - Szeretlek
Icelandic - Eg elska thig
Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu
Iranian - Mahn doostaht doh-rahm
Irish - taim i' ngra leatItalian - ti amo (if it's a relationship/lover/spouse)
Italian - ti voglio bene (if it's a friend, or relative)
Japanese - Kimi o ai shiteru
Japanese - Aishiteru
Japanese - Chuu shiteyo
Japanese - Ora omee no koto ga suki da
Japanese - Ore wa omae ga suki da
Japanese - Suitonnen
Japanese - Sukiyanen
Japanese - Sukiyo
Japanese - Watashi Wa Anata Ga Suki Desu
Japanese - Watashi Wa Anata Wo Aishithe Imasu
Japanese - Watakushi-wa anata-wo ai shimasu
Japanese - Suki desu (used at 1st time, like for a start, when you are not yet real lovers)
Klingon - qabang
Klingon - qaparHa' (depends where in the galaxy you are)
Korean - No-rul sarang hae (man to woman in casual relation)
Korean - Tangsinul sarang ha yo
Latin - Te amo
Latin - Vos amo
Lebanese - Bahibak
Lithuanian - TAVE MYLIU
Mandarin - Wo ai ni
Mohawk - Konoronhkwa
Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni
Norwegian - Eg elskar deg (Nynorsk)
Pakistani - Mujhe Tumse Muhabbat Hai
Persian - Tora dost daram
Pig Latin - Ie Ovele Ouye
Polish - Kocham Cie
Portuguese - Amo-te
Portuguese (brazilian) - Eu te amo
Punjabi - Mai taunu pyar karda
Romanian - Te iu besc
Russian - Ya tebya liubliu
Serbian - ljubim te
Serbocroatian - Volim te
Sioux - Techihhila
Slovak - lubim ta
Slovene - ljubim te
Spanish - Te amo
Srilankan - Mama Oyata Arderyi
Swahili - Naku penda (followed by the person's name)
Swedish - Jag a"lskar dig
Swiss-German - Ch'ha di ga"rn
Syrian/Lebanese - BHEBBEK (to a female)
Syrian/Lebanese - BHEBBAK (to a male)
Tahitian - Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Thai - Phom Rak Khun (formal, male to female)
Thai - Ch'an Rak Khun (formal, female to male)
Thai - Khao Raak Thoe (affectionate, sweet, loving)
Tunisian - Ha eh bak
Turkish - Seni seviyorum
Ukrainian - ja tebe koKHAju
Vietnamese - Em ye^u anh (woman to man)
Vietnamese - Anh ye^u em (man to woman)
Vulcan - Wani ra yana ro aisha
Welsh - 'Rwy'n dy garu di.
Yiddish - Ikh hob dikh lib
Yugoslavian - Ya te volim
Zulu - Mena Tanda Wena


For all you lexiophiles (lovers of words):

1. A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.
2. What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway).
3. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
4. A backward poet writes inverse.
5. In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes.
6. She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off.
7. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
8. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed.
9. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
10. Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat minor.
11. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
12. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
13. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
14. You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
15. Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.
16. He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
17. Every calendar's days are numbered.
18. A lot of money is tainted. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.
19. A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
20. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
21. A plateau is a high form of flattery.
22. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium-at-large.
23. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
24. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
25. Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.
26. When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd dye
27. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
28. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
29. Acupuncture is a jab well done.
30. Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.


This from a friend : -)

A small truth to make our Life's 100% successful..........

If A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is equal to 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26


Then H+A+R+D+W+O+R+K = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

K+N+O+W+L+E+D+G+E = 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%


L+U+C+K = 12+21+3+11 = 47%

(None of them makes 100%)


Then what makes 100%

Is it Money? ..... No!!!!!

Leadership? ...... NO!!!!

Every problem has a solution, only if we perhaps

change our "ATTITUDE".

It is OUR ATTITUDE towards Life and Work that makes

OUR Life 100% Successful..

A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


English is my second language, so I loved reading this: 

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes; but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes. One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice; yet the plural of house is houses, not hice. 

If the plural of man is always called men, why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen? If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet, and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet? If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth? 

Then one may be that, and three would be those, yet hat in the plural would never be hose, and the plural of cat is cats, not cose. We speak of a brother and also of brethren, but though we say mother, we never say methren. 

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim. Some other reasons to be grateful if you grew up 

speaking English: 

1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 
2) The farm was used to produce produce. 
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 
4) We must polish the Polish furniture. 
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out. 
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. 
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. 
8) At the Army base, a bass was painted on the head of a bass drum. 
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 
10) I did not object to the object. 
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid. 
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. 
13) They were too close to the door to close it. 
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present. 
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. 
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 
18) After a number of Novocain injections, my jaw got number. 
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear. 
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? 
22) I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt. 

Screwy pronunciations can mess up your mind! For example...If you have a rough cough, climbing can be tough when going through the bough on a tree! 

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. 

English muffins weren't invented in England. 

We take English for granted. 

But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly,boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. 

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? 

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? 

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? 

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? 

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? 

Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. 

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wiseguy are opposites? 

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. 

If Dad is Pop, how's come Mom isn't Mop?


If you can read this, you have a strange mind too. 

Can you raed tihs? Olny smoe plepoe can.  I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.  The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at  Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the  olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit  pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a  pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by  istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot  slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.




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