Yes, language can be a pretty remarkable yet funny thing sometimes. For every rule of grammar, there is always an exception. Which makes you think, ‘Are we just making it up as we go along?’
Well, of course we are!
Language is a man-made invention, and as we all know from experience, man is far from perfect (insert any YouTube clip here).
But besides the often irrational rules of grammar, there are plenty of other ways language can be entertaining.
The following is a list of some of peculiar, interesting, or just plain funny language facts!
1. Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions.
2. The “huddle” in football was formed due to a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn’t want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
3. The Chinese language does not require punctuation.
4. The only MLB team to have both its city’s name and its team name in a foreign language is the San Diego Padres.
5. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
6. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.
7. 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.
8. There is only ONE word in the English language with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OF DOUBLE LETTERS…. Bookkeeper
9. Widow is the only female form of a root word in the English language that is shorter than its corresponding male term (widower).
10. According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is “American.”
11. All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English.
12. The language of a society changes slowly but steadily with the result that a generally educated person may not be able to comprehend words in his own language written 500 years ago without specialized instruction.
13. There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: “indivisibility.”
14. 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.
15. The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.