132. English Language Trivia
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. The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.
4. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
5. The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
6. "Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."
7. There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous:" tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
8. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
9. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula".
10. Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
11. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
12. There is a seven-letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters. This word is "therein," and the words within it are: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
13. 'Stewardesses' is the longest English word that is typed with only the left hand.
14. To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
15. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways the following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed
16. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
17. The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead."
Louise B. Andrew MD JD FACEP