Happy English Language Day!

Today marks English Language Day, a day where we celebrate everything about the English language! Did You Know

  • ‘Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’ is the longest word in English. It is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling ash and sand dust
  • Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year!
  • The word ‘study’ comes from the Latin word ‘studere’, which means “to be eager”. So if you were eager to learn, then you would study!
  • The word ‘learn’ comes from the Old English word ‘leornian’, which means “to get knowledge”
  • The word ‘Australia’ comes from the Latin word ‘auster’, which means “south wind”. This makes sense, as Australia was seen as being a far south country
  • The word ‘language’ comes from the Latin word ‘lingua’, which means “tongue” or “speech”
  • The first English dictionary was written in 1604, and it had 2,543 words in it
  • The oldest words in English are “who”, “I” and “we”
  • English Language Day was created by the United Nation (UN), and was first celebrated in 2010
  • April 23rd was the date chosen for English Language Day, as it was the date of William Shakespeare’s birthday

What’s your favourite word in the English language? Comment below with your answer!

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