Few Facts About English

  • English is the most widespread language in the world and is more widely spoken and written than any other language.
  • Over 400 million people use the English vocabulary as a mother tongue only surpassed in numbers, but not in distribution by speakers of the many varieties of Chinese.
  • Over 700 million people, speak English, as a foreign language.
  • Of all the world’s languages (over 2,700) English is arguably the richest in vocabulary; and that the Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words, and a further half-million technical and scientific terms remain uncatalogued.
  • Three-quarters of the world’s mail, telexes and cables are in English
  • The main language used throughout the world on the internet is English.
  • More than half of the world’s technical and scientific periodicals are in English.
  • English is the medium for 80% of the information stored in the world’s computers.
  • 5 of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC) transmit in English, reaching millions and millions of people all over the world.
  • 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!
  • 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 shortest complete sentence in the English language is “I am.”
  • The most used letter in the English alphabet is ‘E’ and ‘Q’ is the least used!

 

Compiled by P. Mohan Chandran from eclectic sources.

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