Language Weird Facts
Ever had a fear of beards (Pogonophobia)?
How would you like to call your baby,
“Truewilllaughinglifebuckyboomermanifestdestiny”?


A baby in Florida was named: Truewilllaughinglifebuckyboomermanifestdestiny. His middle name is George James.

A felcher is someone who cleans someone else’s butt.

Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.

“Chicago” is Indian for “place of wild garlic”.

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down - hence the expression “to get fired”.

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

English soldiers of the Hundred Years’ War were known to the French as “Les Goddams” because of their propensity to swear.

Galore comes from the Irish Gaelic “go leor” hich is pronounced exactly the same way and means the same thing.

Good bye came from God bye which came from God be with you. The word “Bye” is used in both English and Spanish meaning the same thing. So-long came from the Arabic “salaam”, the Hebrew “shalom” and the Irish Gaelic “Slan”. Norwegian “farvel” means “travel well (safe)”. A modern version would be “drive carefully”.

In English, “four” is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value
Seoul, the South Korean capital, means “the capital” in the Korean language.

In some parts of Africa, people say “Wake up living” instead of saying “Good night”.

It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.

Karoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.

Looking for a furniture removal truck in Great Britain? Better ask for a “pantechnicon”.

Mafia in Old Arabic means “sanctuary.”

Malaria was so named because it was associated with the vapors rising from swamps (“mala” means bad and “aria” means air).

Papaphobia is the fear of Popes.

Pogonophobia: The fear of beards.

Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States.

“Speak of the Devil” is short for “Speak of the Devil and he shall come”. It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention. That’s why when you’re talking about someone and they show up people say “Speak of the Devil”.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

The first message tapped by Samuel Morse over his invention the telegraph was: “What hath God wrought?”

The first white person to popularize the use of the word “groovy” was Helen O’Connell, a singer with Jimmy Dorsey’s band in the 1940s.

The first word spoken on the moon was “okay”.

The first words spoken by Alexander Bell over the telephone were: “Watson, please come here. I want you”.

The first words spoken by Thomas Edison over the phonograph were: “Mary had a little lamb”.

The infinity character on the keyboard is called a “lemniscate”.

The letter “n” ends all Japanese words not ending in a vowel.

The longest non-medical word in the English language is FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION, which means “the act of estimating as worthless”.

The longest word in the Old Testament is “Malhershalahashbaz”.

The name “California” was taken from a 16th century Spanish novel, The Exploits of Esplaidian by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo who described it as a mythical Amazon kingdom ruled by black women.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

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

The origin of the word “bedlam” comes from a lunatic asylum founded in the year 1247. “Bedlam” was a contraction of “Bethlehem” from the facility’s name - the priory of St. Mary of Bethlehem.

The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language.

The term “dixie” was first used by a New Orleans bank that issued bilingual French-American $10 bills (“dix” is the French word for “10”). It wasn’t until Daniel Decatur Emmett’s 1859 song “Dixie” that it is was applied to mean the south.

The three words in the English language with the letters “uu” are: vacuum, residuum and continuum.

The word “bozo” derives from the French slang term “bouseaux” (meaning “hick, peasant, or yokel”). However, bouseaux literally means “cow turds”.

The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat”, which means, “the King is dead”.

The word “dude”, which was coined by Oscar Wilde and his friends, is a hybrid of the words “duds” (for clothes) and “attitude”. Unlike today, the word was considered derogatory until the 1960s.

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

The word “monosyllable” actually has five syllables in it.

The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in “If I ran the Zoo”.

The word “quiz” was supposedly invented in 1780 by a Dublin theatre manager who laid a wager that he would introduce a new word of no meaning into the language within 24 hours.

The word “trivia” comes from the Latin “trivium” which is the place where three roads meet, a public square. People would gather and talk about all sorts of matters, most of which were trivial.

The words “gene” and “genius” from the word “gens”, which was used by Greek philosophers such as Aristotle to describe the ingenuity of males. “Genius” and “females” were never associated with each other.

The “you are here” arrow on maps is called an ideo locator.

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

There is no word for “headache” in Eskimo.

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

What do Phoenix, Liverpool, and Pyongyang have in common (perhaps the only thing)? They’re all named after fabulous birds that never really existed.

What started as a Marketing gimmick for Coca-Cola, a coupon comes from the French word couper meaning to cut. Today, coupons aren't only used for groceries, there are Sony coupons, Dell coupons, Kodak coupons just to name a few.

Women’s underwear is called “smalls” in England.

You won’t find a “6” in Cameroon phone numbers - the native language has no sound for “x”.

“Zorro” means “fox” in Spanish.


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