The word “tip,” meaning a gratuity, was originally an acronym standing for “To Insure Promptness.”
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.
Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions.
“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.
The longest word used by Shakespeare in any of his works is “honorificabilitudinitatibus,” found in “Love’s Labours Lost.”
The name LEGO comes from the Danish, “LEg GOdt,” which means “play well.”
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, silver or orange.
The word “geriatrics” was not coined until 1951.
Eskimos have more than twenty words to describe snow.
The act of snapping one’s fingers has a name. It is called a “fillip.”
A “clue” originally meant a ball of thread. This is why one is said to “unravel” the clues of a mystery.
The ampersand (&) was once a letter of the English alphabet.
The only three words in the English language to have 2 consecutive u’s are vacuum, residuum, and continuum.
Shakespeare invented the word “assassination” and “bump.”
The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
The “dot” over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
…and Useless Facts Unrelated to Language, but Deserving of Honorable Mention…
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de losAngeles de Poriuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “LA.”
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The “pound” key on your keyboard is called an octotroph.
The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.
Cool-Sounding Words that are Actually Words
callithump—a loud parade.
googol—the figure 1 followed by 100 zeros (where “Google” comes from).
haruspex—an ancient Roman priest who practiced fortunetelling by reading entrails of sacrificed animals.
hendecasyllabic—an adjective applied to a line of verse of eleven syllables.
Pneumoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis—a disease of the lungs developed by coal miners from breathing underground fumes.
pseudepigrapha—spurious writings, particularly those attributed to Biblical sources.
scop—an old English poet.
Makes you want to say them over and over, doesn’t it? callithump…callithump…callithump…