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The last letter added to the English alphabet was not the letter Z: interesting facts about the English language

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The last letter added to the English alphabet was not the letter Z: interesting facts about the English language

What if there is a word in English for the day after tomorrow - o vermorrow , but it has never been used? The word was codified in the 1913 Webster dictionary, but it was not in the 1828 Webster. Most other dictionaries do not have it either. It is noteworthy that in other languages (for example, German and Dutch) there is a word with the meaning "the day after tomorrow" and it is translated as o vermorrow . In German it sounds like übermorgen , and in Dutch it sounds like overmorgen .

Gift and present

Gift   and Present (gift ) are mainly used to convey the same phenomenon. But there is a subtle difference between the two words that most people don't notice. Present is similar to gift, but must be gifted. Both of these words are used to transfer ownership without paying money.

The words have different origins:

  • Present comes from the Old French word present and the medieval Latin presentia
  • Gift has roots in different languages, for example: Scandinavian gipt , Proto-Germanic geftiz, Proto-Indo-European ghabh.


There was no color like orange in the English language until orange came to England. Until that time, the color orange was called g eoluhread , translated from Old English "red - yellow".

Last letter added in English, not Z

We all think: since Z is the last position in the English alphabet, it means that it was last added there. In fact, the last letter added to the English language was the letter J. There was a time when J was not considered a letter at all. By the way, it was then that Julius Caesar was called Iulius .

The race between Yes and No: the British are more likely to refuse than agree

No is ranked 84th in popularity in the English language, while Yes is 486th.


Spoonfeed (Spoon) - the longest word in the English language, in which all the letters in reverse alphabetical order.


Eunoia is the shortest word in English with all five vowels. Translated as beautiful thinking. Another meaning is a medical term for a state of normal mental health .

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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