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English language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca. Named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to England, it ultimately derives its name from the Anglia (Angeln) peninsula in the Baltic Sea. It is closely related to the Frisian languages, but its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse (a North Germanic language), as well as by Latin and French.

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Because words rock

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

Contributed by Kathy Guo

What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?

The ampersand! It used to be used to represent the letters "et". (The ampersand is also used in an unusual configuration where it appears as “&c” and means etc.)

Contributed by Kathy Guo

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.” :)

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This is why English is so hard to learn.

Contributed by Alex Hartmann

29 Interesting facts about the english language

Contributed by Samantha Owens

There are only 4 words in the English language that end with 'dous' -Tremendous -Horrendous -Stupendous -Hazardous

Contributed by Johanna L Garcia

The sentence 'I am.' is the shortest sentence in the English language? :] Source:

Contributed by Johanna L Garcia

English has so many little variations-- it's a miracle we can communicate with one another.

Contributed by Nicole Huffman

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