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*1: The most common letter for a word to start with is 's'.

*2: Only two words in current use end in "-gry."

*3: The word 'uncopyrightable' is the longest word in everyday speech that does not use a letter more than once.

*4: The dot over the letters "j" and "i" is called a "superscript dot".

*5: When a comma is placed before the word "and", it is known as either an "Oxford comma", or a "serial comma".

*6: The English "ough" is pronounced 9 different ways. All nine are in the following sentence. "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

*7: 171,476 words are in current use, and 47,156 are out-of-date "obsolete" words.

*8: The average vocabulary of an adult English speaker is around 20,000 words and around 40,000 words in a passive vocabulary.

*9: The shortest complete sentence in English is the following. "I am."

*10: There are three main categories of English. Old English (450-1100 AD), Middle English (1100-circa 1500 AD) and Modern English (since 1500). There have been many other changes within these periods based on location, which have created the different English dialects (ex: American English, Canadian English, Brittish English, etc.)

  • The longest monosyllabic word in English is the word "strengths", nine letters.

  • The shortest word using all five vowels in alphabetical order is aerious, from the Latin aerius, meaning airy.

  • Rhythm is the longest word I'm aware of that contains no true vowels. (Actually that goes to tsktsks.)

  • English contains words that are longer than the longest German words.

  • Very long English words are usually left out of dictionaries (for lack of necessity/use and for need of space).

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