Some Interesting Things You didn’t Know in English Language

English is the third most spoken languages in the whole world. Here are some interesting trivia and facts which you probably didn’t know already. Hope you find this article, both enjoyable and entertaining!

1. Overmorrow

Did you know there is a word for “day after tomorrow” in English? It is Overmorrow and was never used much. That  could probably be the reason why it never caught on. The word is listed in 1913 Webster, but not in 1828 Webster and now is a long obsolete word. I don’t think it is wise to include this word in your vocabulary unless you want to confuse people!

2. Bicepses

The word biceps is not plural. People may think it is the plural word for bicep, but in fact, the plural for biceps is bicepses.

3. Goodbye

If you’re an atheist you better stop saying Goodbyes considering you strongly believe that there is no God. The term goodbye originated sometime between 1565- 1575 and it was used as a contraction of “God be with ye“.

4. Gift & Present

Gift and present basically are the same, but there is a slight difference between the two words which most people doesn’t know. A present is like a gift itself but it should be presented.

5. Nice

The word nice was originally used for describing something foolish, stupid or senseless.

6. “Bookkeeper”, “bookkeeping”  and “Subbookkeeper”

There are only three words in the English language with three consecutive sets of double letters without hyphens. But the word Subbookkeeper is the only word found in English language which has four pairs of double letters in a row.

7. Geoluhread

Orange was not the name of the color in the English language before the English speaking world was exposed to the fruit Orange. Until then the color Orange was referred to as Geoluhread, which was the old English word for red-yellow.

8. Ampersand

The “&” was the 27th letter of English alphabets so those times, children who were learning the alphabets would often say x, y, z and per say and(&). Here per se means “by itself,”. And as years passed the and per say and became ampersand and was finally removed from the alphabets.

9. The last letter

You would think z would be the last letter to be added to the alphabets in English. But in fact, it was the letter J. J was not even a letter and at those times Julius Caesar was called Iulius.

10. Yes and No

No is the 84th most used word in English while yes stands at 486th.

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