quinta-feira, 3 de maio de 2012


Algumas curiosidades da língua inglesa:
  • There is only ONE word in English with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OF DOUBLE LETTERS: "Bookkeeper";
  • Widow is the only female word in English that is shorter than its corresponding male term (widower);
  • Of all the words in English, the word 'set' has the most definitions;
  • The word 'mango' is derived from the Tamil word 'mangkay' or 'man-gay'. When the Portuguese traders settled in Western India they adopted the name as 'manga';
  • The word 'Tips' is actually an acronym standing for 'To Insure Prompt Service';
  • The word 'taxi'is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, Spanish and Portuguese;
  • The word 'News' is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points - North, East, West and South;
  • The longest word in English with no vowels is 'Rhythms';
  •  The dot over the 'i' is called a 'tittle';
  • More people in China speak English than in The USA;
  • In England, in the 1880's , 'pants' was considered a dirty word;
  • French was the official language of England for over 600 years;
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning 'Big Village';
  • 'Vodka' means 'little water' in Russian.

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