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Fun Facts About The English Alphabet  

sexyldy1000 59F  
7051 posts
9/25/2018 1:44 am
Fun Facts About The English Alphabet

My love for the English language started when I was quite young. I adored doing crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble. Today, I continue to play various online word games and am very competitive!

Thought you might enjoy these interesting facts...…

Quick! Try naming five words that start with the letter L:
language…and the list goes on and on.

Now, try naming five words that start with the letter X:
xenia …not so easy, right?

Still racking your brain for more words that start with an X? You might want to stop because the Oxford English Dictionary only contains 400 words that begin with the letter X.

In Noah Webster’s Compendious Dictionary, which he published in 1806, there was only one word listed under the letter X: xebec, which meant, “a small three-masted vessel in the Mediterranean.” In 1828, when he put together his American Dictionary, that had only risen to 13. The of words starting with the letter X continued to rise until it reached the 400 that we have today.

Now, can you guess the most common letters in the English language? Those hours of watching Wheel of Fortune might just pay off.

The most common letter in the English language is the letter E.

E is everywhere. In an analysis of all 240,000 entries in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, the letter E appears in approximately 11% of all words in the common English vocabulary, about 6,000 more words than the runner-up letter, A. Did you know, E is the most commonly struck letter on your keyboard, and the second most popular key after the space bar.

And for my American friends, there’s only one letter that’s not in any U.S. State Name. Can You Guess It? Hmmm, 50 states, only 25 letters. Which one's missing?

The answer is…Q. That’s right. 50 different names, and not one of them contains the letter Q. And, every very other letter shows up at least once.

If you guessed J or Z, though, you were close, and probably don’t live in New Jersey or Arizona, since those are the only states that contain J and Z respectively. There are a couple of other rare letters, too, that only show up twice. No states but Alabama and Nebraska have a B in their name, and California and Florida are the only state names that contain F. If X was your guess, you were also close but it is in New Mexico and Texas.

The only other letter with fewer than five appearances might surprise you: P! It’s only in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Mississippi (the latter’s double-P bumps it up to four appearances, even though it’s only in three state names).

Hope you enjoyed these fascinating facts.

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sexyldy1000 59F  
6891 posts
9/25/2018 1:48 am

Do you know any other quirks about the English alphabet?

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RavenGB 59M
1173 posts
9/25/2018 2:19 am

Language and expression are indeed treasures to be cherished.

sexyldy1000 replies on 9/25/2018 2:47 am:
Indeed they are.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

MyBaffies 51M
4425 posts
9/25/2018 3:34 am

How do you feel about the way languages are evolving? I see they recently added the word "emoji" to the dictionary but with some people now communicating almost entirely in wee pictures, do you despair at this or just see it as another step forward in the never-ending progression?

Do grammatical errors bother you too? "I went and brought a new car and left it over their". Do you think the younger generation with their emojis are losing the grammar skills that the previous generations were taught?


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sexyldy1000 replies on 9/25/2018 5:23 am:
I think young people are losing the ability to spell and use proper punctuation. Ever tried reading their texts? My daughter teases me that my texts sound ‘so official’. I guess good habits are hard to lose.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Paulxx001 63M  
16865 posts
9/25/2018 5:01 am

My gosh! Yes I did. Now I'm thinking of how I will work these facts into a conversation with friends this morning. Hmmm.. Thanks for sharing your knowledge...

sexyldy1000 replies on 9/25/2018 5:27 am:
It’s always fun to post something ‘different’ and see how others react.
The information about state names would be an easier one to work into the conversation today around the office water cooler or in the lunch room.

FresnoWoman 49F
828 posts
9/25/2018 8:24 am

Interesting post! I always like to read about these lesser-known aspects of the English language.

sexyldy1000 replies on 9/25/2018 1:11 pm:
Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Chuckk48 64M
1321 posts
9/25/2018 8:43 am

I am feeling so.......enlightened...........Just a thought but I thought I read somewhere there was something like eighty thousand French words introduced into the English language after the Normans invaded England.

sexyldy1000 replies on 9/25/2018 3:06 pm:
Glad you enjoyed it.
Not sure about the immersion of French words into English. Will ask my Quebec friends. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

marriedcretin 50M
1324 posts
9/25/2018 6:35 pm

did you see that they've just added another 300 words to the official scrabble dictionary?

I dunno, it seems like dumbing down to me.

sexyldy1000 replies on 9/25/2018 6:59 pm:
Geez really?
Doesn’t sound right to me.
I still like the original board version but do also play online, sometimes against international competitors.
Thanks for stopping by.

miloX59 54M  
6 posts
10/10/2018 2:56 pm

Great stuff.

What is a word that begins with 'he' and ends with 'he' and is longer than 2 letters?

sexyldy1000 replies on 10/10/2018 2:58 pm:
Glad you enjoyed it.
The English language is indeed complicated!

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