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  • 12 Fun Facts About English

    1. More people in the world have learned English as a second language than there are native English speakers

    2. Those who read fiction have a larger vocabulary than those who do not. Fiction usually contains a wider range of vocabulary than nonfiction does

    3. A new word is created every 98 minutes, which is about 14.7 words a day

    4. The most complex word in the English language is "set." This small word has over 430 definitions and requires a 60,000 word definition that covers 24 pages in the Oxford English Dictionary

    5. The most commonly misused word in the English language is "ironic." Irony is often confused with sarcasm, coincidence, or paradox

    6. "Rhinorrhea" is the medical term for "runny nose."

    7. The word "good" has the most synonyms of any word in the English language, at 380.

    8. The word "whatever" consistently ranks as the most annoying English word.

    9. Capitonyms are words which change their meaning if the first letter is capitalized. For example: Turkey (the country) and turkey (the bird).

    10. The chess term "checkmate' is from a 14th-century Arabic phrase, "Shah mat," meaning "the king is helpless."

    11. The most common noun in the English Language is 'time', and the most mispronounced (and often misspelt) word in the English language is 'Pronunciation'.

    And finally, a Not such-a-fun fact: The term "lynch" is derived from the name of Colonel Charles Lynch (1736-96), a Virginia landowner who began to hold illegal trials in his backyard in 1790