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Friday's Follies and Fun Facts: Word Nerd

Friday, March 12, 2010

If you have been reading my blog long you know I am sort of a word nerd.  I actually read the dictionary for fun.  Always have.  I love words.  I love a thesaurus.  I remember the first time I got a thesaurus I was mesmerized for weeks.  I looked up every "cool" word I knew and learned all the synonyms for the word.  Looking up every single synonym to make sure I knew all the definitions.  

I know, GEEK right?

So today I thought I'd share some word fun facts.  You can bust these little tidbits out on your unsuspecting friends and family and everyone will think you're smarter.  Or not.  

Hey, at least your children will think it's cool info.  Or not.  

O.k. so I will think you're cool.  How bout that?  We good now?  Moving right along.


Almost is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

Rythym and Syzygy  are the longest words in the English language with no vowels.

The word queue is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when you remove the last four letters.

Therein contains 10 words without rearranging any of the letters!  There, here, ere, in, the, he, her, therein, herein, rein.

The only city in the United States spelled using all vowels is Aiea, Hawaii.  Also, "q" is the only letter of the alphabet not used in the United States.
Subcontinental is the only word that uses each vowel, only once, and in reverse alphabetical order.

O.k., I'll stop now.  I could do this all day.

Happy Triple F Friday!

Geek Girl out ~








32 comments:

Lisa Marie said...

I love words!!!! Fun trivia:)

Viv said...

That's awesome actually.

(For a brief moment I considered looking up synonyms...maybe next week. But, I was certainly inspired.) ;)

BigSis said...

I always wondered who figured out all those trivia facts. Now I know. And, I'm impressed. Geek girl = REALLY SMART woman!

BigSis said...

I always wondered who figured out all those trivia facts. Now I know. And, I'm impressed. Geek girl = REALLY SMART woman!

B-Dub said...

I thought they made "y" a vowel? Thats what my 4th grader is learning anywho. Confused, help!

Ian said...

That was a great post, I thoroughly enjoyed it

Quirkyloon said...

Thank-you. You have confirmed what I suspected all along. The U.S. has an unhealthy hatred of the letter Q.

Yours Truly,

Quirkyloon

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I really loved this post and wish you had done more...maybe make it a monthly..sorta like a period, which has two meanings.

Dual Mom said...

The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the english dictionary.

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle. Not a tit...a tittle.

Useless information is so much fun!

Cameron said...

AHHH, SYZYGY now i have to look that up :)

I hope you have a fab w/end, was so happy to hear you are not really going to mince the cat for the chinese joint down the way :) :)

big hugs to you friend,
Cameron

Secretia said...

You must be absolutely DEADLY at Scrabble!

Secretia

Alison said...

That was great I feel smarter...but I know as soon as I close this I will forget what pocket of my brain has this info....go figure

Homesick Cajun said...

Interesting! Have a great weekend!

Danielle said...

That was a cool little lesson. I may have to use some of those when I am playing like I am smart. :)

Lluvia said...

I LOVED THESE! I'm a different kind of nerd!

Taylorvillegirl said...

I love that you're a word nerd. Thanks for making us all a little smarter.

Daffy said...

From the dorK to the dWeeb - you just rocked my boat girlie!

I will admit I had to look at the 'q' one for a minute.....kind of like that Fa Que thingie only a bit different...yanno?

sarah @ i run with scissors said...

I am either smarter now... or have greater ability to make people raise their eyebrows in the way where they are trying to decide if I'm a freak or if they just aren't getting something. Either way I win. Thanks.

sarah @ i run with scissors said...

oh yeah... and i just figured out you can feed the fish on your website... i'm so never going to get anything done at work ever again.

Alicia said...

i always feel so smart when i come here!! lol...i love it! almost as much as i love you mama! happy weekend sugar :)

gayle said...

I feel smarter already!

vinomom said...

Very cool facts! I love word trivia as well.

vinomom said...

Very cool facts! I love word trivia as well.

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

Thanks Think Tank Momma! I now know what syzygy means!

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- The Virgin Author! said...

Smart girl, you are! By the way, I too love surfing the dictionary! :D

T!nK said...

that is awesome!! LoL.

Angelia said...

I heart the thesauras! I have one that I was giving in the 6th grade on my desk. m-w.com is one of my favortie sites.

prashant said...

I always wondered who figured out all those trivia facts.

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Powdered Toast Man said...

There was no 'u' in that hawaii city, You tricked me!

the first number to use the letter 'a' is one thousand

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