Did you know that English is the most widespread language in the
world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language?
Did you know that 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?
Did you know that over 700 million people, speak English, as a
Did you know that 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?
Did you know that three-quarters of the world's mail, telexes and
cables are in English?
Did you know that the main language used throughout the world on the
internet is English?
Did you know that more than half of the world's technical and
scientific periodicals are in English?
Did you know that English is the medium for 80% of the information
stored in the world's computers?
Did you know that English is the language of navigation, aviation
and of Christianity; it is the ecumenical language of the World
Council of Churches?
you know that 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?
English is used as an official or semi-official language in over 60
English is used in 85% of the world's organizations.
While English is the dominant language on the Web (40%), the
presence of other languages is growing.
Over two-thirds of the world's scientists write in English.
Over 80% of all the information stored electronically around the
world is in English.
English radio programmes are received by over 150 million people in
50 million children study English as a foreign language at primary
schools around the world.
At secondary level they are joined by another 80 million children.
Around the globe English is the main language of books, newspapers,
airports and air-traffic control, advertising, business, medicine,
technology, diplomacy, sports, pop music, and academic conferences.
More than two-thirds of the world's mail is written in English.
16 Word Facts
The longest one-syllable words in the English language are "screeched"
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and
"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English
"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and
ends with the letters "und."
There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous":
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford
English Dictionary, is: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
The only other word with the same amount of letters is
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
The 'y' in signs reading "ye olde.." is properly pronounced with a 'th'
sound, not 'y'. The "th" sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient
Roman occupied (present day) England use the rune "thorn" to represent
"th" sounds. With the advent of the printing press the character from
the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case
The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only
on one row of the keyboard.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left
The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The
following s entence 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."
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter
Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order,
as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."
There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten
words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there,
he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
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