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Word Facts

May 23rd, 2008 | by admin |

The English-language alphabet originally had only 24 letters. One missing letter was J, which was the last letter to be added to the alphabet. The other latecomer to the alphabet was U.

A “sysygy” occurs when all the planets of the our Solar System line up.

Lycanthropy is a disease in which a man thinks he’s a wolf. It is the scientific name for “wolf man” or, werewolf.

The longest word used by Shakespeare in any of his works is “honorificabilitudinitatibus,” found in “Love’s Labors Lost.” Unfortunately he’s no longer around to tell us what it means.

Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”

The name Ethiopia mean “land of sunburned faces” in Greek.

The Sanskrit word for “war” means “desire for more cows.”

When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a “portmanteau.”

The ZIP in zip code stands for “Zone Improvement Plan.”

The number 4 is the only number that has the same number of letters in its name as its meaning.

Outside the USA, Ireland is the largest software producing country in the world.

The opposite of a “vacuum” is a “plenum.”

A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.

  1. 2 Responses to “Word Facts”

  2. By Keshav Maharjan on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    Wonderful facts…Liked it..Hope to get more of such kinda infos…

  3. By sadikshya on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    crazy in4z he he…..is tht ur research??? kip it up bro!!!

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