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English language curiosities



The longest words:



In Czech?
•Nejzdev��tadevades��teron��sobiteln��jš��ho
• (38 letters)
•Nejneobhospodařov��van��jš��mi
•Nejnevykrystalizov��vateln��jš��ho

•Červenokostelecký
•(the longest second name)



Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
•The longest word in a major dictionary
•Coined to be the longest word
•From medicine

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
That is a lovely town in a very pretty part of Wales.


Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

•Famous for being created for Marry Poppins musical

smiles
•The nicest longest English word


The shortest word:
•A
•I

balloonneer
•The only word in the English language that has four sets of double letters in row


Queue

•the only word that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed

The most common letter in English
• E



• This paragraph is not ordinary. Look at it. At first, it won��t look too odd. Just a normal
paragraph – you may think. But look at it again and you might find it a bit unusual. Just a tiny
bit. What��s wrong with it, you may ask? Nothing wrong at all, in fact: as I said, it��s just
slightly unusual. It��s difficult to put it in words. Look again. Is anything not right? Can you
spot it? Is anything �� missing?

There was no letter E
•It��s the hardest kind of lipogram.


Lipogram
•= a text written without using a particular letter of the alphabet.


Almost
•the longest word with the letters in the alphabetical order


In Czech?
•Mateř��doušky
•dvacetikoruny

•The words with all vowels in order

•Abstemious,
•abstemiously,
•abstentious,
•adventitious,
•adventitiously,
•Arenicolous,
•arsenious
•cavernicolous
•the words with each of the vowels, all in order, none repeated

Subbookkeeper
•the only word with four pairs of double letters in a row

•= (a person who works underneath the main bookkeeper)


Goddessship
•the only word in the English language with a triple letter


In Czech?
•Nejstřešt��n��jš��
•Přesv��dčiv��jš��

•Scvrnkls

•Smrž pln skvrn zvlhl z mlh.
•Slova s p��ti h��čky


•Nejdelš�� slovo bez samohl��sek
•Nejdelš�� v��ta bez samohl��sek.

Sentences



The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs


•Use every letter of the alphabet!



And Czech?
•Ulili-li liliput��ni oheň včas, zabr��nili pož��ru.
•5x the same syllable

•Nebudou se št��titi t��ti Ti ti tiš�� špehov�� do vazu?
•9x

One word three times makes a sentence:
•Kuli kuli kuli.

•(Kuliov�� kovali kouli.)

I am.
•The shortest complete sentence


No vowels in a Czech sentence
•Blb vlk pln žbrnd zdrhl hrd z mlh Brd skrz vrch Smrk v čtvrť srn Krč.

•The longest Czech sentence without any vowels.

•Smrk z Brd pln skvrn z mlh strhl smršť zrn z prh.
• (prha arnika – rostlina)
•Smrž pln skvrn zvlhl z mlh.

• A bit shorter

Palindroms
• a word or phrase that is the same whether it is read forwards or backwards


•Madam I��m Adam.
•Sit on a potato pan, Otis.

•Read the whole words:
•First ladies rule the State and state the rule: ladies first.




Other palindroms
•Stressed or desserts
•Stop – pots
•Evil – live
•Star – rats
•Red rum, sir, is murder.
•Step on no pets.
•Eva, can I see bees in a cave?
•No lemon, no melon.

The longest Czech one-word palindroms
•Nepochopen
•Nezasazen
•Nepotopen
•nezařazen

�� and sentences?
•Kobyla m�� malý bok.
•Fešn�� pan�� vol��: M�� m��lo v��na pan š��f?
•Do chladu si masa m��su dal Chod.
•Sabina hr��v�� na varhany bas.
•Jelenovi pivo nelej.
•Um��r�� na rýmu.
•A d��l vid�� l��tat netopýry potent��t i lid, i vl��da.
•Co n��m ned�� den, m�� noc.

From politics
•I zeman ležel na mezi.

•A kn��že je ž��nka.

From maths
•19.9.1991


Strange meanings?
•They were too close to the door to close it.
•Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
•I had to subject the subjest to a series of tests.

Is English logical?
•Noses can run and feet can smell.
•If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
•There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

•When the stars are out, they are visible; but when the lights are out they are invisible.



Q-game


•Quapem přiquačil qart��l a qelik��mu přeqapen�� qalita qasinek qůli qvantu dod��vq��zne. Qasinky
neqas��.

What is hidden in the Czech word
•ÚSPĚCH

•SPĚCH
PECH
ECH!

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