Jan 9th: Word Nerd Day

Word facts of the day: 

  • 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

2 Replies to “Jan 9th: Word Nerd Day”

  1. God be with you too – and it’s your Scrabble move!

  2. Fun!!! Was “dord” in the correct place alphabetically?

Leave a Reply