English trivia

I happened to see this page, thought it is interesting to know :)

 Interesting Facts:
1. The longest one-syllable word in the English
language is “screeched.”

2. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends
in the letters “mt”.

3.  No word in English language rhymes with
“month,” “silver,” “purple,” or “orange.”

4. The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called
an octothorpe. 

5.  The symbol used in many URLs (Web addresses)
is called a tilde. (~)

6. The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.

7. The word “set” has more definitions than any
other word in English.

8. “Underground” is the only word in English that
begins and ends with the letters “und.”

9. There are only four words in the English language
which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous,
stupendous, and hazardous.

10. The longest word in the English language,
according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

11. The only other word with the same amount of
letters is its plural:
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses.

12. The longest place-name still in use is
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwe-nuakit natahu,
the Maori name of a hill in New Zealand.

13. Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra
Senora la Reinade los Angeles de Porciuncula” and
can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, L.A.

14.  The verb “cleave” has definitions which are
antonyms of each other: to adhere and to separate.

15.  The verb “sanction” also has definitions which
are antonyms:  to sponsor and to ban.

16. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

17. There is a seven-letter word in English that
contains eleven words without rearranging any of its
letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her,
here, ere, I, therein, herein.

18. ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest English word that
is typed with only the left hand.

19. The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine
different ways; the following sentence contains them
all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman
strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling
into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

20. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without
repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable.”

21. “Facetious” and “abstemious” contain all the vowels in
the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing
arsenic.”

22. The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian
phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead.”

23.  Only three words have entered English from Czech: 
polka, pilsner, and robot.

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43 Responses

  1. Find someone who:
    1) can name three things that are fragile
    2) can think of three words that start with in-
    3) know what ladybird, cockroach and flea are.
    4) know where you would find a clutch.
    5) can think of three words that rhyme with spoon.
    6) can name three things that an artist would use.
    7) can think of three words that start with re-
    8) knows what bassoon, cello and harmonica are.
    9) knows where you would find a mattress.
    10) can think of three words that rhyme with hole.

  2. thers words that rymes with silver, purple and orange

  3. these is amazing!! -vaffen

  4. Please show to me the sentence containing seven “i” in ee sound.

  5. can you try the longest word with only one vowel????

  6. nice one

  7. thanks a lot it really helped in my assignment

  8. is there any more trivias????
    hope to know more..

  9. i can’t understand it

  10. Others may not appreciate your work, but I, I do really appreciate it. Thanks a lot. It helped in my English Club homework. Hope your trivias will fill out a book.

  11. hey tnk, this web can help me on my project,on english club,
    TNKS!!!! IT HELP ALOT:)xoxo

  12. your trivias are so short….please make it longer but can be understood….

  13. too much spoon feeding to students… hah!

  14. thank you!!!!

  15. what do you call on the rock that can float ?

    * answer : pumice *

    what part of the ostrich body is bigger than their brain ?

    * answer : eyes *

    what is the only mammals that can’t jump ?

    * answer : elephant *

    what is the longest word in the english language with all letters in alphabetical order ?

    * answer : almost *

  16. thanks for this.. =) Godbless you!!

  17. tnx :D

  18. your trivias really hit!

  19. can you post the latest english trivias?

  20. thanks for the english trivias. .

  21. .,y is dat “silver” has no rhyme.,?
    .,but der is a word “clever” in the english language.,?

  22. tnx for english trivias!!!!!!!^_^

  23. tnx for that amzing english trivias

  24. Thanks. It helped a lot to my project to do the english corner in our laubach hall.

  25. Find someone who:
    1) can name three things that are fragile
    2) can think of three words that start with in-
    3) know what ladybird, cockroach and flea are.
    4) know where you would find a clutch.
    5) can think of three words that rhyme with spoon.
    6) can name three things that an artist would use.
    7) can think of three words that start with re-
    knows what bassoon, cello and harmonica are.
    9) knows where you would find a mattress.
    10) can think of three words that rhyme with hole.

    • there are words that rhyme with silver,its COVER , for purple, its APPLE, for orange its RANGE..
      sorry,but you have a wrong idea about it …

      :)

  26. Some very interesting information there, great post.

  27. silver rhymes with river

  28. i like all love it!!!!!!!!!!

  29. list words that are simple but not commonly used write it’s critical mark and a sentence to discribe it

  30. any thing that occupies space and has a mass

  31. thanks….it helped me….

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