English Trivia March 6, 2014


Fact #1

The word ”butterfly”, was originally called ”flutterfly”Some say Shakespeare is responsible for this name change.


Fact #2

Shakespeare invented a lot of the words he used. For example: Grovel, Worthless, and Mimic. Shakespeare decided to lump them up together for the sake of fitting his iambic pentameter!


Fact #3

The English language grows at a rate of about one new word every two hours.


Fact #4

The word “goodbye” came from “God bye”, which in turn comes from “God be with you”.


Fact #5

The dot above “i” and “j” is known as a Tittle.


Fact #6

The first English dictionary was written in 1755.


Fact #7

A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.


Fact #8

The name “Evian” spelled backwards is naive.


Fact #9

Pinocchio is Italian for “pine head.”


Last, but not least: Fact #10

“Freelance” comes from a knight whose lance was free for hire, i.e. not pledged to one master.


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