The English language is spoken globally but has a West Germanic origin. A good number of sovereign states use it as their first and official language of communication. Among the most common native language, it is ranked third after Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Below is an outline of 15 surprising and odd things you never knew about the English language.
- Over 2 billion words in the Oxford English Corpus
Currently, the Oxford English Corpus is estimated to contain close to or over 2 billion English words. These words are not new to English speakers since they are used on a daily basis.
- 50,000 words fit for an average person
Regardless of the existence of over 2 billion English words, an average person is required to at least know a minimum of 50,000 words. Having a clear understanding of all available English words could be tough since new words keep coming…
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