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Fun Facts About the English Language

TED-Ed present another brilliant video!

This time it’s one about the evolution of the English language, describing its origin and how it has changed over the years.

Learning about history is one of our favourite things here at Vivo. We love finding out how the things we use everyday have developed over time. This is why we found this video so interesting and wanted to share it with you!

Fun Facts about English

  • 11% of the entire English language is just the letter E.
  • Xenoglossy is the apparent ability to speak a language that you’ve never actually learned.
  • In mediaeval Europe, a “moment” was precisely defined as 1/40th of an hour, or 90 seconds.
  • In the 18th century, teachers were often called the “Haberdashers of Pronouns.”
  • “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • The following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: “He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas”.
  • English is the official language of the sky! It doesn’t matter which nationality pilots are, they all communicate in English on international flights.
  • If you were to write out every number name in full (one, two, three, four…), you wouldn’t use a single letter B until you reached one billion.

Source(s): TED-Ed