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"I am" and "I do" are the shortest English-language sentences with a subject and verb.

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"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

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The longest one-syllable word in the English language is screeched.

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"Floccinaucinihilipilification" is the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary. It means "the act of estimating as worthless."

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The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuaki tanatahu, a New Zealand hill. It means, "The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knee who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played on his flute to his loved one."

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No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

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Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump.'

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"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand; lollipop" with your right.

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In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

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The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable".

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The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

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There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

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There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

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There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: "indivisibility."

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The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

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TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

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The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

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"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

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How many words do you need to learn in order to communicate in most situations? A vocabulary of between 1500 to 2000 words should be enough for most circumstances. The more you know the better because even though you can control the words you use, you can't control the other person. Because of this, you need to learn more words to understand well than you need to speak well.

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What are the world's most widely spoken languages? Estimates of how many people speak a language can never be completely precise and therefore vary considerably. However, English English com, together with World English, have come up with the following figures: Mandarin Chinese (837,000,000), English (370,000,000), Spanish (300,000,000), Bengali (189,000,000), Hindi/Urdu (182,000,000), Arabic (174,950,000), Portuguese (170,000,000), Russian (170,000,000), Japanese (125,000,000), German (98,000,000), Javanese (79,000,000), French (75,000,000)

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How many words does the average native speaker of English know? This depends on the speakers level of education, background etc. but somewhere between 12,000 and 20,000. Shakespeare used more than 30,000 words in his

Think You Know Everything? Think Again!

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Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

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A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

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A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

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A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

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A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

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A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; a group of geese in the air is a skein.

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A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

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A snail can sleep for three years.

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Almonds are a member of the peach family.

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An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

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Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

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Butterflies taste with their feet.

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Did you know that crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live?

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February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

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In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

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In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10 .

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It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

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Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

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Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

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Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eye."

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The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

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The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

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The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

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The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

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There are more chickens than people in the world. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

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Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

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Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

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Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

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Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

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Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

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The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

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China has more English speakers than the United States.

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Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with a population of 1000 and a size 108.7 acres.

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The longest town name in the world has 167 letters.

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Rene Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.

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Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

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The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

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Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600s by a translator.

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The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

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In ancient Egypt, Priests plucked every hair from their bodies, including their eye-brows and eyelashes.

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Elephants are the only animals that can't jump. (thankfully)

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In Oklahoma, it is illegal to make "ugly faces" at dogs.

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Cucumbers are 96 percent water.

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Olive trees were sacred in ancient Athens. Their fruit belonged to the state, and death was the penalty for chopping one down.

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