Facts About English

30 Jun

  • English is the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language.
  • Over 400 million people use the English vocabulary as a mother tongue only surpassed in numbers, but not in distribution by speakers of the many varieties of Chinese.
  • Over 700 million people, speak English, as a foreign language.
  • Of all the world’s languages (over 2,700) English is arguably the richest in vocabulary; and that the Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words, and a further half-million technical and scientific terms remain uncatalogued.
  • Three-quarters of the world’s mail, telexes and cables are in English
  • The main language used throughout the world on the internet is English.
  • More than half of the world’s technical and scientific periodicals are in English.
  • English is the medium for 80% of the information stored in the world’s computers.
  • 5 of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC) transmit in English, reaching millions and millions of people all over the world.
  • The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
  • Of all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions!
  • Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  • “Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.
  • The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “I am.”
  • The most used letter in the English alphabet is ‘E’ and ‘Q’ is the least used!

 

Compiled by P. Mohan Chandran from eclectic sources.

3 Responses to “Facts About English”

  1. Abid Razvi Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 21:19 #

    Hi Mohan!

    Nice collection of facts and words… surely will help in building vocabulary.. specially the complex ones… It was a nice read

  2. Adam Jacot de Boinod Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 17:52 #

    Dear Mohan

    I wondered if you might like a link to both my Foreign word site and my English word website or press release details of my ensuing book with Penguin Press on amusing and interesting English vocabulary?

    http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

    (author of The Meaning of Tingo)

    (www.themeaningoftingo.com)

    adamjacot@fastmail.co.uk

    or wish to include:

    1) THE MEANING OF TINGO
    When photographers attempt to bring out our smiling faces by asking us
    to “Say Cheese”, many countries appear to follow suit with English
    equivalents. In Spanish however they say patata (potato), in Argentinian Spanish whisky, in French steak frites, in Serbia ptica (bird) and in
    Danish appelsin (orange). Do you know of any other varieties from around the world’s languages? See more on http://www.themeaningoftingo.com

    2) THE WONDER OF WHIFFLING

    The Wonder of Whiffling is a tour of English around the globe (with fine
    coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under
    and elsewhere).
    Discover all sorts of words you’ve always wished existed but never knew,
    such as fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and
    petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a
    dry spell.
    Delving passionately into the English language, I also discover why it
    is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow
    seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and
    why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else. See
    more on http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

    with best wishes

    Adam

  3. nivel Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 16:35 #

    the facts are mindblowing

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