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Monday, January 15, 2007

Word Trivia

Some deliciously useless trivia about words in the English language:
  1. No word in the English language correctly rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
  2. There are only four words in the English language that end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazzardous.
  3. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in "mt".
  4. "Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und".
  5. The two longest one-syllable words in the English language is "screeched" and "strengths".
  6. The word "byte" is a contraction of "by eight" and the word "pixel" is a contraction of either "picture cell" or "picture element".
  7. The only nation whose name begins with an "A", but doesn't end in an "A", is Afghanistan.
  8. Los Angeles' full name is: "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Poriuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size - "LA".
  9. Maine is the only US state whose name is just one syllable.
  10. The first letters of the months July through November, in order, spell the name JASON.
  11. The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.
  12. The word "racecar" and "kayak" are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
  13. TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
  14. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.
  15. The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
  16. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of American President Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth ... and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, "His name is Mudd".
  17. Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.
  18. Karoke means empty orchestra in Japanese.
  19. Zorro means fox in Spanish.
  20. Monosyllable actually has five syllables in it.

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