Page 6 - Language Facts

The color orange was named after the fruit and not the other way around!

Pretty shocking isn’t it?

The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around. Before then, the English speaking world referred to the orange color as geoluhread, which literally translates to “yellow-red”.

The word orange itself was introduced to English through the Spanish word “naranja”, which came from the Sanskrit word nāraṅga, which literally means “orange tree”.

The English dropped the leading “n” and eventually we got the word “orange”.

In the early 16th century, the word orange gradually started being used to not only refer to the fruit, but also what we now know of as the color orange.

As an extra fact, Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seeds to the New World on his second voyage in 1493.


A new English word is created every 90 minutes!

You find yourself flummoxed, bamboozled, and utterly nonplussed by a series of onerous words the author has surreptitiously placed in his or her latest feature column.

The author’s lexical audacity catapults you into a fit of neaderthalic rage. Big and complex words suck–when you find them in books you probably skip over them and hope that the rest of the sentence can get the point across.

And when you use big words everyone thinks you’re arrogant or trying too hard to sound smart. As of 2012, there were over 1 million words in the English language.

In the English language, there is a new word created every 98 minutes or about 14.7 words per day! What counts as a word these days? Omg! R u srs? Lol, k. Brb.

I just expressed surprise, intrigue, delight, understanding, and urgency in 20 characters.


There is a difference between being a trooper and being a trouper!

Trooper from the French "troupier" is the equivalent rank to private in a regiment with a cavalry tradition in the British Army and many other Commonwealth armies, including those of Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.

Today, most cavalry units operate in the armoured role, equipped with tanks or other armoured fighting vehicles.

Some armoured regiments without a cavalry tradition do not use the rank, a notable exception being the British Royal Tank Regiment which follows the naming conventions of it's fellow regiments in the Royal Armoured Corps.

On the other hand, a trouper is someone who works very hard, is very reliable, and does not complain when there are problems.

Hopefully you won’t confuse these two anymore!


Some awesome lists!

The word "ye" is actually pronounced as "the"

“Ye” was the second-person, plural, personal pronoun (nominative), spelled in Old English as "ge". In Middle English and Early Modern English, it was used to address an equal or superior person.

It is also common today in Ireland's Hiberno-English to distinguish from the singular "you".

"Ye" is also sometimes used to represent an Early Modern English form of the word "the". In this transcription the letter which resembles a 'Y' is actually a thorn, the predecessor to the modern digraph "th".

This orthography often leads speakers of Modern English to pronounce "ye" as /ji:/. However, it’s still fun when you misspell it, it makes it sound more interesting.


Texas has its own dialect of German and it is close to extinction!

When you think of the State of Texas, you think of cowboys and not German. Why doesn't anyone know that Texas has it's own dialect of German? Well, it's most likely because so few people still speak the language, even those originating from the small German community, Sattler Lake.

Children that grew up in the community that was founded around 150 years ago, weren't encouraged to speak German. They still picked up on German, but they were forced to speak English.

Hans Boas, a Texan professor of Germanic Studies predicts that the Texan dialect of German will be extinct by the year 2050. Furthermore, he believes that the culture that came along with the language will die as well!

Linguists agree that there are about 6,000 languages existing in the world today. By the end of the century, it is predicted that about 90 percent of those languages will be extinct!

As a result, linguists are frantically trying to record interviews with native speakers of dying languages so they can learn more about how the language developed, and the culture behind it!



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