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June 10, 2010

Fun facts about the English language

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The Washington Post
has collected some facts about the English language:

What other words besides "hungry" and "angry" end in "-gry?" - There aren't any!

Are there any words in which the same letter appears three times in a row? - Yes, for example, frillless (without frills) and duchessship (the office of being a duchess)

What's the longest one-syllable English word? - There are several examples of one-syllable words with nine letters, including "stretched," "scratched" and "screeched."

Are there any words that have no words that rhyme with them? - There are no words in the language that rhyme with either "orange" or "silver."

What is the opposite of exceed (which means to be superior to or better than)? - There isn't one, but the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary think that one is needed.

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