10 Interesting Word Facts

Found this in my inbox and thought they’re interesting! Some I’m still questioning, though, like nos. 4, 7, 8 and 10.

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

2. And lollipop is the longest word typed with your right hand.

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

4. The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

5. The words racecar, kayak and level are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

6. The sentence The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog uses every letter of the alphabet. (There’s another sentence that uses all the letters in the alphabet but I forgot what it was!)

7. Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters ‘mt’.

8. There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.

9. There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: abstemious and facetious.

10. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

And five more random but equally interesting facts! (Authenticity of fact not guaranteed.)

11. A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

12. Almonds are a member of the peach family.

13. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

14. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

15. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Josette
    Jan 25, 2009 @ 11:15:22

    I enjoyed reading those facts! I knew about the ‘quick brown fox’ sentence from my father last time! There’s another sentence too? Ooh, fascinating. I’ll try and google it.

    nylusmilk: glad you did. :) the other sentence is “jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz”! :D

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  2. ellaella
    Jan 27, 2009 @ 08:40:57

    I love stuff like this. I’ve heard #7 and 8 before, so maybe they’re true. Here’s another for you: the only word in the English language with 3 sets of double letters in a row?

    Bookkeeper.

    nylusmilk: wow! and it has the word book in it! :D

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  3. Gurbachan Ghanaur
    May 04, 2009 @ 10:57:00

    Your Comments are really very nice and wonderful.

    nylusmilk: gee um thanks!

    Reply

  4. brian
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 14:24:19

    I have a great word search tool, based on any word list. Using the official scrabble word list, here are some corrections: SWEATERDRESSES is longer than Stewardesses, HYPOLIMNION is longer than lollipop, PEPPERTREE,
    PERPETUITY, PREREQUIRE, PROPRIETOR, REPERTOIRE are the same length as Typewriter. There are 106 word palindromes. Dreamt has several other forms (daydreamt, for example). found 16 words ending in DOUS (12 more than those shown). ABSTENTIOUS and ARSENIOUS also have 5 vowels in order, and ABSTEMIOUSLY and FACETIOUSLY add the Y in order as well. This is fun stuff — let me know if you have more questions.

    nylusmilk: that’s really interesting! sweaterdresses is a word? looks like i need to play more scrabble. :)

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  5. shubhi
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 22:26:27

    comments are really very interesting.

    Reply

  6. Jody
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 05:20:43

    This stuff is stupid, I don’t even understand why people waste there time on this crap,

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  7. Oludipe Samuel
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 16:26:05

    Wonderful facts

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    • Brian Parsonnet
      Jun 25, 2012 @ 21:49:03

      I created a tool that can search word databases for any such craziness. Total fun. I offer some corrections. Longest word left hand only: “SWEATERDRESSES”. Right hand: “HYPOLIMNION.” There are 5 other top row words as long as typewriter (peppertree, perpetuity, prerequire, proprietor, and repertoire). There are 106 palindromes in the TWL6 database (Scrabble), 7 of them are 7 long (reviver, eg). There are 5 mt words, all variants of dreamt (with prefixes: day, out, re, un). There are 16 DOUS words, the longest being ULTRAHAZARDOUS. Including Y, all the vowels in order or ABSTEMIOUSLY and FACETIOUSLY. Facetious is joined also by ABSTENTIOUS, and ARSENIOUS. And in reverse: SUBCONTINENTAL. People are welcome to email me such questions – takes seconds (once I get around to it).

      Reply

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