Language Interesting Facts-Thursday Thirteen

 Have you noticed that today’s youth are  suddenly speaking what seems like an entirely new language.  While Connie Eble, an English professor at the University of North Carolina says that teen slang is just a part of growing up, I wonder what has become of the English language as we know it. I thought I would take part in Thursday Thirteen this week. For my Thursday Thirteen post I bring to you thirteen interesting facts about the English language.

 Thursday Thirteen

  1. Shakespeare coined 1700 words.
  2. The most common noun in the English language is “time.”
  3. Kentucky Fried Chicken’s slogan, ”Finger lickin’ good,” once came out as ”eat your fingers off” in Chinese.
  4. “Goodbye” came from “God bye,” which came from “God be with you.”
  5. The first documented use of the word Nerd was in the 1950 Dr. Seuss story, If I Ran the Zoo.
  6. The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “Go.”
  7. The dot above the letter “i” is called a tittle.
  8. “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses all the letters of the alphabet.
  9. In England, in the 1880’s, “Pants” was considered a dirty word.
  10. There are more than 2700 major languages spoken throughout the world.
  11. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the commonest word written in English is  the word “the.”
  12. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” was the first words spoken on the moon.
  13. “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.

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