And here is the final (well, maybe) installment of A Toast to Words….perhaps there are some tidbits here that you didn’t know.
The word triskaidekaphobia means fear of the number 13. It is related to paraskevidekatriaphobia, which is the fear of Friday the 13th.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. What is so special about that sentence? It contains all 26 letters of the alphabet and is often used to test keyboards.
What is the shortest sentence in the English language? Very likely, Go. (It is a verb. The subject is the implied [you] in the command.)
Brunch, guesstimate, and motel are words that have something in common. Do you know what it is? They are called blends. They are made by joining just parts of existing words (unlike a compound word) to form a new word. Brunch is breakfast and lunch. Motel is motorcar and hotel. Guesstimate is, of course, guess and estimate.
Where did the name for Oz in The Wizard of Oz come from? Its creator, Frank Baum, looked up at his file cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z. I guess An was already taken!
Do you know Donald Duck’s middle name? Fauntleroy.
H, I, O, and X are the four letters that look the same if they are flipped upside down or viewed from the back.
Q is the only letter that does not appear in any of the 50 state’s names.
Canada is an Indian word that means Big Village.
Underground and underfund are the only words in the English language that begin and end with und.
Therein contains nine words without rearranging any of the letters: the, there, in, herein, here, ere, rein, he, her.
The letter combination ough can be pronounced in nine different ways. Here are the sounds in various words: rough, dough, thought, plough, through, Scarborough, slough, cough, hiccoughed.
The plastic sleeve sausage is sold in is called a chub.
Indivisibility has only one vowel repeated 6 times!
Do you know what the highest scoring word in Scrabble is? quartzy!