10/14/2022 “Language & Words”   Leave a comment

I would hate to even try to come up with the number of words I’ve written in my life. Even talking about it boggles my mind. Language and words are everything. Without them both chaos would ensue. I know, I know, there’s plenty of chaos anyway but without communication chaos becomes something visceral and sometimes dangerous. Today I’ll be talking about words that I will write and you will read. Ta! Da!, communication without chaos.

  • Did you know that the word stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • William Shakespeare invented more than 1700 words including assassination and bump.
  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
  • If you mouth the word colorful to someone, it looks like you are saying, “I love you.”
  • Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters mt.

  • The name Jeep came from the abbreviation GP, used in the U.S. Army for general-purpose vehicle.
  • The word bigwig takes its name from King Louis IV of France, who used to wear really big wigs.
  • No word in the English language rhymes with orange, silver or month.
  • The word chunder comes from convict ships bound for Australia: when people were going to vomit, they used to shout, “watch under”.
  • The expression rule of thumb derives from the old English law that said you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.



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