1 billion people speak English. That’s 1 in every 7 on earth.
80% of information stored on all computers in the world is in English.
English words “I”, “we”, “two” and “three” are among the most ancient, from thousands of years.
The longest common English word without vowels is “rhythms”.
A new word in English is created every 98 minutes.
89% of people in Sweden speak English.
The word “bride” comes from an old proto-germanic word meaning “to cook”.
The word “queue” is pronounced the same way when the last 4 letters are removed.
The word “mortgage” comes from a French word that means “death contract”.
The concept behind the word “cool” might come from the African word “itutu”, brought to America by slavery.
90% of everything written in English uses just 1,000 words.
“Time” is the most commonly used noun in English.
There are more English words beginning with the letter “s” than with any other letter.
Nigeria has more English speakers than the United Kingdom.
Screeched is the longest English word with one syllable.
There are 24 different dialects of English in the US.
Until the 19th century, the English word for actors was “hypocrites.”
The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “Go”.
Phrases in English such as “long time no see”, “no go”, and “no can do” come from literal translations of Chinese phrases.
“LOL” was formally recognized in 2011’s update of the Oxford English Dictionary.
“IRONIC” is the most commonly misused word in English says Dictionary.com.
The day after tomorrow is called “Overmorrow.”
Today’s British accent first appeared among London’s upper class around the time of the American Revolution. Before that, the British accent was similar to that of Americans.
80% of all written paragraphs in English feature the word “the.”
Bald Eagles are so named because “balde” is an Old English word meaning “white.”
Harry Potter books were translated from British to American English.
The verb “unfriend” dates back to 1659. It existed even earlier as a noun, as far back as 1275.
Understanding English actually hurts professional players of English scrabble. Some of the world’s best Scrabble players are Thai and can’t speak English.
The words ‘idiot,’ ‘imbecile,’ and ‘moron’ were originally medical categories for intellectual disability.
Dr. Seuss was the first to publish the word “nerd.