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5 Interesting Facts About the English Language that You May Not Know | Associazione Giacoia
“I am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
To make a complete sentence in English you need a subject and a predicate. The sentence ‘I am’ has both- the subject- I and Predicate- am. It also expresses a complete thought. So ‘I am‘ is the shortest sentence.
A pangram sentence is one that contains every letter in the language.
A pangram, or holoalphabetic sentence, is a sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet at least once. The most famous pangram is probably the thirty-five-letter-long “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” which has been used to test typing equipment since at least the late 1800s.
The shortest, oldest, and most commonly used word is “I.”
Medieval manuscripts reveal that some of the oldest words in English are “I,” “we,” “two,” and “three.” This makes “I” one of the shortest and oldest words in the English language.
A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours.
Between now and your next meal, a new word will be put into the dictionary. During the course of the year, almost 4,000 new words are added!
There’s a name for words that we repeat often.
Palilalia is defined as the repetition of the speaker’s words or phrases, often for a varying number of repeats. Repeated units are generally whole sections of words and are larger than a syllable, with words being repeated the most often, followed by phrases, and then syllables or sounds.