How well do you know English? By this I mean what interesting information do you know about the language? Let’s explore some fun facts and find out how many of them you already know.
Shakespeare added over a thousand new words to the English language: He loved making up words and today, many of them remain. This includes «gloomy», «fashionable» and «lonely».
The words «man» and «girl» didn’t use to have a gender: this may come as a surprise but «girl» just meant a young child — boy or girl and the word «man» just meant a person.
Words we always use even though they add no value to a sentence are called «crutch words»: the perfect example of this is the word «like» as in: «Then I was like, OMG, then like, he went there, and like...»
There is only one word in English with five vowels in a row: This word is none other than «queueing».
The word «good» has the most synonyms of any other word in the English language, at 380: This includes «incorruptible», «right-minded» and «righteous».
As a bonus, did you know that the US doesn’t have an official language? Surprise! Surprise! They don’t!