We all love English but it is a strange language with little quirks here and there, don’t you think? English is one of the most widely spoken languages ,in fact it is then second most spoken language in the world. We have all learnt grammar at school but let’s look at the more fun and entertaining side of this language today! 1.Spoken worldwide:
It is an official language of 67 countries as well as 27 non-sovereign entities such as Hong Kong or Puerto Rico
2. Ever Expanding:
And the Dictionary grows by about 4000 words every year.
3. Be good:
The most common adjective used in English is ‘good’ 4. Existence:
“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
- The longest word:
The longest word in English has 45 letters: ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’! It is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling ash and sand dust.
- Tongue twister:
The most difficult tongue twister in the English language is “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”. Why not try it out on your friends and see if any of them can say it without making a mistake?
- Shakespeare‘s Genius
Shakespeare added over a thousand new words to the English language He absolutely loved making up words. Although no one knows for certain exactly how many he invented, we do know it was a lot. Many of these are common words today, like bubble, gloomy, lonely and fashionable.
- And it still is!
The English language has been developing for more than 1,400 years It’s an old old language. Old English first came into use way back in the 5th Century AD. Back then, it was a mixture of German dialects with some very old Celtic words, as well as other words that came from Latin. Since then the language has come on a very long journey to evolve into the modern English you hear today!
- Connecting the dots!
The dot above the letters “i” and “j” is called a superscript dot.
- Father of the English dictionary:
Most English grammar and spelling follow the standardized rules set out in Dr Johnson’s Dictionary, which was published in 1755. A major reason behind the English language being so versatile is also because over the years of its formation and evolution, it was borrowed words and phrases from all the mother languages of the world like Greek,Latin,Sanskrit.So fellas ,let’s keep calm and love English ! Ayushi Maheshwari