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English Language Facts 5

I am proud to present....my 5th post! After about a week and a half of researching the web, I have come up with this list of facts. I suspect I may be what they call an English-language fanatic.

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  • Proficiency in English will significantly improve your chances of being accepted to a university and a graduate school.

  • The earliest known of English inscription was written in the 15th century.

  • The word infant, comes from the Latin for unable to speak.

  • According to Oxford Dictionaries, the word of the year 2015 is an emoji, officially called the Face with Tears of Joy.

  • The phrase in a nutshell comes from an ancient story. The Roman scholar Pliny describes the philosopher Cicero, witnessing a copy of Homer's epic poem the lliad written on a piece of parchment small enough to fit into the shell of a walnut.

  • Words we always use even though they add no meaning or value are called crutch words.

  • The day after tomorrow is called the overmorrow.

  • The first daily English language newspaper, The Daily Courant is published in London.

  • Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee.

  • The offspring of a polar bear and a grizzly bear is called a pizzly bear

  • Half of all the language you'll ever use will be just the same 100 words, used over and over again.

  • The phrase by the skin of my teeth comes from the Bible. In the book of Job, Job is subjected to horrible trials by Satan, to be relieved finally by God.

  • The infinity sign ∞, is called a Lemniscate.

  • The first English comic book, The Comick Magazine was published in London in 1796.

  • The opposite of Déjà vu, is called Jamais vu. It refers to the unusual feeling that something familiar is entirely new.

  • The word time is the most commonly used noun in English.

  • The Great Vowel Shift began c1400

  • The Arabic word for desert is sahara the Mongolian word for desert is gobi. So Sahara Desert and Gobi Desert, both mean desert desert.

  • 9 words to used instead of toilet are: House of Lords, Gong, Lavabo, Throne-room, Petty, Netty, Bench-hole, and Cludgie.

  • The word geek used to mean a circus sideshow freak.

  • The space between the two front teeth is called a diastema.

  • The word feisty derives from a Tudor English word for a dog passing gas.

  • The word Sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of monarchial rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for the shire. When the term was brought to the USA, it was shortened to sheriff.

  • Aghast literally means frightened by a ghost.

  • If you live beside a river, you're an amnicolist


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2 years ago

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

Awesome!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Thank you! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thenick.
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I love the comic strip at the end!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Haha, yeah I thought it was funny. : )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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Written English literature dates back further than that, of course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Yes, of course. That is just the oldest known-of inscription. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aphusk

So, the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," could be called "overmorrow"? XD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Haha, Yes, it would seem so. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi
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And do people use overmorrow in real life?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

No, there are not many people who even know of this word, though it is an old word. I plan on adding this word to my vocabulary. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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I thought infant was a derivative of the noun "infans, infantis" which means "baby".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Yes, I think you're right.

I'm just saying that's the meaning of the word. : )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

Thanks for this! It was very interesting to read and I now have some extra words I can use and random facts I can say (my friends and I always tell each other random facts).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

You're welcome!

Yes, I like to surprise my siblings with these facts. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

Thanks! I'm definitely going to use Jamais vu in the future!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

You're welcome! Yep! I added a few new words to my vocabulary as well. :)

2 years ago
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