The English language is full of unique things and ideas that make it distinct and nothing short of special. There are lots of nuances in the language, and some things may seem illogical at first. But then again, it’s the way that the English language works that make it so unique and distinct, to begin with. It really is a unique language, and it will impress you with its unique set of benefits and rewarding experiences for sure. With that in mind, here you have a list of great facts about this extraordinary language!
1. Shakespeare alone added more than 1000 words to the English language
Yes, Shakespeare is one of the writers that have continually added words to our language. He, in particular, was widely known for making up words. Not a lot of people know how and why he invented so many words, but he managed to create hundreds upon hundreds of new words during his career.
If you are wondering what words he created, then you shouldn’t be amazed at the fact that you use many of them today. He invented words like Bubble, Lonely, Fashionable and Gloomy. Yes, all of these and hundreds of others were his creation, and they are a rather distinct bunch of words for sure!
2. The most common letter used in the English language is E
Why does this happen? Well, you will see that once in every 8-10 letters (in average) you are bound to have an E. The reason is simple, the language construction is designed to include plenty of liaison letters, and E is one of the most popular ones out there. So yes, it’s quite impressive to have E as one of the most popular letters in the English language!
3. You can find only a single word with 5 vowels in a row
Despite the fact that E is the most used letter in the English language, the reality is that using multiple vowels in a row is pretty rare for this language. With that in mind, you have to note the fact that there’s only a single word that has 5 vowels in a row, and that word is queuing!
4. The English language has been in constant development for more than 1400 years
Most languages tend to stop evolving after a while, but the English language has been around for around 1400 years, and it’s always changing. Initially, in the 5th century, it was a mixture of German dialects, and it also included some of the older Celtic words as well as Latin words. Obviously, English has evolved quite a lot from that, and it managed to become its own, unique language!
5. There are words which don’t rhyme with anything
Words like silver, purple, marathon, orange, wolf, pint, ninth and month won’t rhyme with anything. These are some of the few words in the English language that don’t have any rhyme, so using them in written content can be difficult, especially in poems for example. But still, it’s quite impressive that you can find such words in this language.
6. There’s no letter B when you count English numbers until you reach 1 billion
This is a peculiar one for sure. It doesn’t matter how many words you want to count; you will see that there is no word that has a B in it until you reach 1 billion. It’s an impressive thing to note, and quite an interesting one as well. Why does this happen? It’s very hard to tell, but the reality is that it’s still quite impressive to count so many words and not see a single B in them.
7. You can find 24 different English dialects in the United States
There’s no denying that there are quite a lot of dialects in the US, but studies have shown that there are no less than 24 different dialects here. It is an impressive thing to note, and in the end, it shows the uniqueness of the language and how easy it can be to adapt to various regions!
8. Around 90% of all the English text uses the same 1000 words
Why does this happen though? The reason is simple; the English language is known to be very easy to write and read. However, even if it does have quite a lot of complex words, not a lot of people use those. So, to make the English text readable, most writers want to use friendly, easy to read words most of the time. This does help quite a bit, and it just makes the experience very interesting and easy to adapt!
9. The most commonly used adjective is GOOD
Yes, GOOD is the most commonly used adjective in the English language. One may say that this shows a sense of positivity when it comes to the people that speak this language. And to some extent, it may be true. English speakers have a very distinct sense of positivity to them most of the time! Speaking of common words, the most common noun is TIME. At first, it may not seem that impressive, but the reality is that TIME is indeed governing all of us in one way or another. So, talking about it and making plans may not seem that far-fetched!
10. In 2015, there were 67 countries that had English as an official language
Yes, English is very popular, and there’s a reason why a lot of people are using it as an official language. It’s very easy to use, it has lots of unique words that can be adapted to any industry and situation, and it’s a pleasure to talk as well. Plus, learning it is not as hard as you may imagine.
As you can see, there are lots of ideas and facts about the English language that you may not know. From the fact that Shakespeare alone invented more than 1000 words to the way English texts are written, all these facts are bound to impress you a lot!