5 odd facts about the English language that are simply mind-blowing
The English language isn’t something that leads to deep conversations. No one thinks about which words are extremely rare or how many letters are in one word. Here, we’ll look at some aspects of the English language that are just plain weird. You won’t look at any piece of text the same way again.
Do The Math
Numbers are a very crucial part of our day to day life. When it comes to spelling them out, one to nine hundred ninety-nine have no A. We don’t see that letter in numbers until one thousand. Math teachers find this piece of trivia to be very unusual.
Three In A Row
Plenty of words have consecutive double letters in them. Balloon, settee, and coffee are among those lucky enough with two pairs of letters back to back. Only one has three consecutive double letters, and that’s bookkeeper. Technically, woolen can also be a word with three consecutive double letters. W does mean “double U”.
Lucky Number 13
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word therein as “in or into that place, time, or thing.” When it’s broken down, this word includes 13 words that use consecutive letters. The, he, her, er, here, I, there, ere, rein, re, in, therein, and herein are found in this one word.
It’s Opposite Day
Several words in the English language can mean the complete opposite of themselves. Sanction means “give permission” and “penalize”. Resign means “to quit” and “to sign up again.” Bound means “to move forward” and “to be held down.” As expected, this can be quite confusing to many foreigners coming over.
Two Of A Kind
“Underground” and “underfund” are two words that mean different things. One involves the earth, and the other involves money. The one thing these two words have in common is they both begin and end with “und.” In fact, they are the only two words in the English language to do this.