Thursday, November 03, 2011

Language Fun for NaNo participants

In honor of NaNoWriMo here's a post about about some of the words in the English language. In case you're not familiar with NaNo, it's a yearly challenge for professional and amateur writers to write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November.

This post serves no purpose other than to allow people a moment to say, "Hmm." And sometimes that's a good thing.


'Stewardesses' is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

And 'lollipop' is the longest word typed with your right hand.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.

The sentence: 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' uses every letter of the alphabet. (Do you remember typing that in typing class?)

There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.' (Yes, admit it, you are saying, a e i o u)

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

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


Kathy said...

This will, of course, be a huge help on my Nano count for the day. Thanks for all your help! ;-)


Megan DiMaria said...

You're welcome, Kathy. Try to use the words stewardesses and lollipop as often as you can.