Things You Didn’t Know About Words

Things You Didn’t Know About Words

A word is defined as a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence or typically shown with a space on either side when printed or written.

Words are an important factor in our everyday life as they aren’t just what we hear, write or read. They’ve become what we create and how we interact with the world around us. They change everything and have a dramatic effect as they can hurt us or inspire us. They change our demeanor, our whole system of belief and even our businesses and relationships with others

Here are some interesting facts about words “dreamt” is the only English word that ends with the letters “mt”. “Therein” is a seven letter word in the English language that contains 10 words without rearranging any of the letters – the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein. The longest one syllable word in the English language is “screeched”, and the word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

Every quarter, the Oxford English Dictionary updates the world’s understanding of English by adding new words that have become acceptable through use to its list. After the latest update in June 2015, it emerged that a slew of South African words have made it into the dictionary. Some include jeggings (2009), photobomb (2008), crowdfund (2008), totes (2005), staycation (2005) and sext (2001).

According to The Times But as new words make it into the dictionaries others have become endangered, such as “gallimaufry” and “aerodrome”, said Phillip Louw, the manager for content development of Southern Africa’s Oxford Press.

“A word that might surprise people with its longevity is imbongi (praise poet), the earliest English use of which was in 1836,” Louw said.

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