onsdag 24 oktober 2007

“A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different
ways. The sentence above contains them all.

Mer jag aldrig lärde mig på engelsklektionen:

  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is
  • “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters
  • The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
  • The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  • The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the
    English language.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a
    letter is uncopyrightable.
  • Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct
    order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”
  • The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase
    “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.

Språk är kul. Det här var hämtat härifrån.

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