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Kyle McIntosh
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8 Things you may not know about English!!! :)
  1. The word "alphabet" comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, bēta.
  2. The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat" meaning "the king is helpless".
  3. The most common letter in English is "e".
  4. Only two English words in current use end in "-gry". They are "angry" and "hungry".
  5. The word "bookkeeper" (along with its associate "bookkeeping") is the only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters. Other such words, like "sweet-toothed", require a hyphen to be readily readable.
  6. The only planet not named after a god is our own, Earth. The others are, in order from the Sun, Mercury, Venus, [Earth,] Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
  7. The longest English word without a true vowel (a, e, i, o or u) is "rhythm".
  8. The dot over the letter "i" and the letter "j" is called a "superscript dot".

Comment below if any of these surprised you or if you know any interesting facts of your own :) 

May 28, 2020 1:31 PM
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hahaha @Kyle boy I was only messing ....how could I know about bookkepper word ??....good post !!
May 28, 2020
Unlike Marcelo, I knew only some of them. So, thanks for interesting facts.
May 28, 2020
It would have been nice, if you also would have provided the source. This way it looks like you came up with those ideas and wrote the sentences yourself.

May 31, 2020
@Marcelo bookkeeper came up in one of Somila's threads within the last week ... you're losing your touch ;)
May 28, 2020
Knew them all...disappointed
May 28, 2020
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Kyle McIntosh
Language Skills
English, Spanish
Learning Language
Spanish