The English Language

Interesting facts about the English Language that you probably didn’t know

Are you learning English with busuu and want to know really interesting facts about the English language?

The English language is weird, awesome and full of rules that lots of us don’t understand – that is what makes it different to any other language!

Did you know there are 24 different dialects of the English language in the US? Or that the Frisian dialects are the closest living languages to English, after Scottish?

Maybe you didn’t know that the word “nice” is actually derived from the Latin “nescius”, meaning ‘ignorant’!

“English is the greatest language in the world”: a bold claim! We do, however, mean “greatest” here in terms of the size of its vocabulary and its history and rules (we still think it’s pretty great though…)

Here’s another fun fact: many people believe that the word “testify” originated in Roman times, when men swore on their testicles. Unfortunately (for us, not the Romans) this is not true!

Due to a printing error, there was a word in the English dictionary without a meaning, which somehow managed to stay there from 1932 to 1940!. The word was ‘Dord’: it became known as ‘ghost word’.

Want to know more fun and interesting facts about the English language?

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14 COMMENTS:

  1. Kiran M S

    Very informative post….

  2. Vira P

    An interesting information)

  3. Vira P

    An interesting info)

  4. Edward

    Did am i so nice than before? I dont know!

  5. Elizabeth

    Very interesting. Thank you.

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    • Sunny

      I used to tell my kids that most people live a long life and die old and happy when they asked me that question – hard to explain to them why their Dad had died so young. Their fears about losing the other parent are so re38l#&2a0;even my almost 11 year old does not like it when I am away for very long. We are their anchor now and for me to have the strength to hold on when they need it most, I have to be attached to the Jesus ship!

  6. michaeljaycain

    English is a flexible language that easily adapts to words from any other language. I am surprised that only 80% of the Internet is written in English, since it is the language of business and ecommerce.

  7. Mahi

    interesting n very funny facts tnx to let us know.

  8. Evariste Etienne Joseph Arivelo

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    • Evariste Etienne Joseph Arivelo

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  9. Evariste Etienne Joseph Arivelo

    good bless you

  10. K Suresh Babu

    very interesting. Than Q for the information.