Word facts of the day:
- E is by far the most common (and most beautiful) letter in the English language. One source states 11% of the whole English language is E.
- Many words have changed their meaning over time – for example ‘awful’ came from ‘awe’, originally meaning ‘inspiring wonder’.
- Due to a printing error in old texts, there was a ‘ghost word’ in the English dictionary from 1932 to 1940. This word was ‘dord’. You have been warned.
- This following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound ‘ee’: “He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas.’
- A pangram sentence is one which contains every letter in a language. In English, for example: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
- To humblebrag is to boast or brag but, disguising it in a humble apology.
- The word ‘Goodbye’ orginally comes from an Old English phrase meaning ‘God be with you’.
I celebrated by restarting online Scrabble.
Happy Word Nerd Day!
PS. Sources: Bloomsbury, Lingoda, Buzzfeed, Grammarly, ketchup, HP, salad