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  English words with uncommon properties - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
However, cwm (pronounced "koom", defined as a steep-walled hollow on a hillside) is a rare case of a word using w to represent a nucleus vowel, as is crwth (pronounced "krooth", a type of stringed instrument).
Antidisestablishmentarianism listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, was considered the longest English word for quite a long time, but today the medical term pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is usually considered to have the title, despite the fact that it was coined to provide an answer to the question 'What is the longest English word?'.
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is either squirrelled, scraunched, or one of several 9-letter words.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_unusual_English_words   (1321 words)

  
 Learn more about English language in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
English is descended from the language spoken by the Germanic tribes the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes that began populating the British Isles around 500 AD.
English is the first language in Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Antigua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
English orthography is historical, not phonological, orthography and diverges considerably from the spoken language.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /e/en/english_language.html   (1893 words)

  
 English spelling article - English spelling orthography phonemic alphabetic English language pronunciation - ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
One example of this is the word "ski", which was adopted from Norwegian in the mid-18th century, although it didn't become common until 1900.
English, it seems, is somewhere in between: its spelling system is highly irregular, but it is regular to some degree and mastery only requires knowledge of the 26 letters of the alphabet, whereas mastering written Chinese or Japanese is much more difficult, requiring the memorization of thousands of different symbols.
The spelling of the English language annually gains publicity during May because of the popularity of the United States National Spelling Bee, a competition for students that are under 16 years of age.
www.what-means.com /encyclopedia/Spelling   (1334 words)

  
 English language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
English has lingua franca (diplomatic language) status in many parts of the world, due to the military, economic, scientific, political and cultural influence of the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries and the United States beginning in the 20th century.
English is the primary language in Australia (Australian English), the Bahamas, Barbados (Caribbean English), Bermuda, Dominica, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica (Jamaican English), New Zealand (New Zealand English), Antigua and Barbuda, St.
English is the most widely used and learned "foreign" language in the world, and, as such, many linguists believe it is no longer the exclusive cultural emblem of "native English speakers," but rather a language that is absorbing aspects of cultures worldwide as it grows in use.
www.peekskill.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/English_language   (3141 words)

  
 English language : QuicklyFind Info   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
English spread worldwide with the rise of British colonialism, from the British Isles to Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States and elsewhere.
English has lingua franca status, due to the military, economic, scientific, political and cultural influence of the United Kingdom and later the United States.
English is descended from the language spoken by the Germanic tribes, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes (Vikings), that began populating the British Isles around 500 AD.
www.quicklyfind.com /info/English_language.htm   (2819 words)

  
 > English language abcworld.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
English is a West Germanic language that originated from languages brought to Britain during the first half of the first millennium by Germanic settlers from various parts of north-west Germany.
English is the primary language in Australia (Australian English), the Bahamas, Barbados (Caribbean English), Bermuda, Dominica, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica (Jamaican English), New Zealand (New Zealand English), Antigua and Barbuda, St.
English has been implicated in a number of historical and ongoing so-called 'language deaths' and 'linguicides' around the world, many of which have also led to the loss of cultural heritage.
www.abcworld.net /English_language.html   (4039 words)

  
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English is descended from the language spoken by the Germanic tribes, the Angles, Saxons, and
English, England, and East Anglia are derived from words referring to the Angles: Englisc, Angelcynn, and Englaland.
English is the most widely used "second" and "learning" language in the world, and as such, many linguists believe, it is no longer the exclusive cultural emblem of "native English speakers", but rather a language that is absorbing aspects of cultures worldwide as it grows in use.
en-cyclopedia.com /wiki/English_language   (2262 words)

  
 Word Play
The list of words and phrases chosen annually by Lake Superior State University as banished from the Queen's English for mis-use, over-use or general uselessness.
Lists from previous years are available in their archive to view or to print as a poster.
Word morphing is changing one word into another by changing one letter at a time with each change resulting in a valid word.
www.wolinskyweb.net /word.htm   (4506 words)

  
 Etymologically Speaking...
Incidentally, the English word foreign is of the same derivation, denoting the stranger outside the royal territory, on the other side of the frontiers.
Coming to English via the French word meaning the same, this word is thought to derive ultimately from the Latin word lamella, a "thin plate," referring to the long, flat shape of the omlette, and to represent a gradual corruption of allumelle first to allumelette, then to alomelette (Le cuisiner francois of 1651 has aumelette).
The English word "saffron" comes from the Spanish word azafran, as it is in Spain where most of the world's highest quality crocus flowers (the plant whose stamens are the source of all saffron) are found.
www.westegg.com /etymology   (10416 words)

  
 Hear Ye!
The longest words in the English language (or my dictionary, at least) made up of unique letters are dermatoglyphics and uncopyrightable.
The word must contain a specific letter in the set, which is given.) In the process, he decided to divert a little and find out the longest words which can be typed with the left hand (commonly held to be stewardesses), right hand, and alternate hands (commonly held to be skepticisms).
A largish dictionary file was used, so some of the words are likely to be quite obscure (findable only in the full Oxford dictionary, for example).
www.hearye.org /category.php?id=9   (1646 words)

  
 The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources
Since 1996, I have compiled word lists on various topics in order to spread the joy of the English language.
If you're looking for an online dictionary, a word list on a given topic, or the definitions to rare and unusual words, the Phrontistery is for you.
If you have a question, please take a minute to consult a dictionary before e-mailing (there are many good unabridged dictionaries available, and I will be happy to recommend a dictionary should you not know where to begin).
phrontistery.info   (470 words)

  
 ALSC - German Words in Contemporary American English
The unusually warm, dry gusts - a touch of spring in the middle of winter - are blamed for tension headaches, backaches, hot flashes, nausea, and sleepness nights...
This is an interesting bilingual composite word consisting of the German word "Meister" ("master" as in "master baker") and the English word "fraud".
In essence, it is a kind of shorthand, a single word or phrase that is used to recall a character or an incident to the mind of the reader of a narrative.
members.uia.net /alsc/pages/geinen.html   (13787 words)

  
 Words
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To find a glossary that is not listed here, conduct a search on the IBM home page or the home page of the relevant product.
Word for Word "origins of unusual words and phrases"
www.startwright.com /words.htm   (950 words)

  
 Site Contents at the free Online Encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
You are here: Online Encyclopedia > Site Map pg 4 > List of time periods...
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In a household, clothes hangers are the single one item that you own the most of, yet no one can name even one brand?
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /index_200.html   (108 words)

  
 OneLook Dictionary Search
Non-English dictionaries are now included in the OneLook database but their number is still limited.
Dictionary of English Phonesthemes - relation of word sounds to meanings
Focusing on Words English words derived from Latin and Greek elements
www.onelook.com /more.shtml   (135 words)

  
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Words You've Never Heard, and Events You'll Never Forget, In a Quiz!!
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www.spizzquiz.net   (98 words)

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