Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Language : Amazing Words & Roots

#  The word Thailand means "land of the free."

#    The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou'.

# The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

# Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!

# What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.

# "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

# "Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.

The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

# The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish
# More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.

# Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.

The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”.

# The verbcleaveis the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.

·    # Yahoo! derived its name from the word Yahoo coined by Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels. A Yahoo is a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human!

·   #  It was once considered a letter in the English language. The Chinese call it a little mouse, Danes and Swedes call it 'elephant's trunk', Germans a spider monkey, and Italians a snail. Israelis pronounce it 'strudels' and the Czechs say 'rollmops's...What is it? The @ sign.

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