20 ‘interesting’ facts

  1. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  2. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”
  3. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  4. The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
  5. The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  6. Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
  7. The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  8. “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”
  9. There are only four words in the English language which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  10. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  11. The only other word with the same amount of letters is its plural: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosesl.
  12. The longest place-name still in use isTaumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwe-nuakit natahu, a New Zealand hill.
  13. Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reinade los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size,L.A.
  14. 14. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  15. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  16. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
  17. Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
  18. The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint – no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
  19. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  20. 23. There is a seven-letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the,there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.


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