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ACT to foster happiness, peace,
prosperity, and tolerance in the Middle East
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
- 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
- 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
- The "you are here" arrow on maps is called an ideo
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- '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
[Asian Basic Terms 1]
[Asian Basic Terms 2]
[European Basic Terms]
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.
HANDKERCHIEF: Cold Storage.
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
chit pa de
Bon sro lanh oon
French - Sh'teme
Ngo oi ney
(see the entries for mandarin or cantonese!)
Ti tengu cara (to female)
Ti tengu caru (to male)
Danish - "Jeg elsker dig" (pronounced
'yai el-ske die'). Thanks Ms. Schramm :-)
Dutch - Ik
hou van jou
English - I
love youEnglish - I adore you
Mahal ka ta
Flemish - Ik
zie oe geerne
French - Je
Gaelic - Ta
gra agam ort
German - Ich
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)
Eg elska thig
Saya cinta padamu
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)
Kimi o ai shiteru
Ora omee no koto ga suki da
Ore wa omae ga suki da
Watashi Wa Anata Ga Suki Desu
Watashi Wa Anata Wo Aishithe Imasu
Watakushi-wa anata-wo ai shimasu
Suki desu (used at 1st time, like for a start, when you are not yet real lovers)
qaparHa' (depends where in the galaxy you are)
Korean - No-rul
sarang hae (man to woman in casual relation)
Tangsinul sarang ha yo
Latin - Te
Latin - Vos
Wo ai ni
Eg elskar deg (Nynorsk)
Mujhe Tumse Muhabbat Hai
Tora dost daram
Pig Latin -
Ie Ovele Ouye
- Eu te amo
Mai taunu pyar karda
Te iu besc
Russian - Ya
Serbocroatian - Volim te
Spanish - Te
Mama Oyata Arderyi
Naku penda (followed by the person's name)
Jag a"lskar dig
- Ch'ha di ga"rn
Syrian/Lebanese - BHEBBEK (to a female)
Syrian/Lebanese - BHEBBAK (to a male)
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)
Ha eh bak
ja tebe koKHAju
Em ye^u anh (woman to man)
Anh ye^u em (man to woman)
Wani ra yana ro aisha
Welsh - 'Rwy'n
dy garu di.
Yiddish - Ikh hob dikh lib
- Ya te volim
Zulu - Mena
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
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
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.
A small truth to make our Life's 100%
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
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:
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
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
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.
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
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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