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English is a sprawling, messy, and confusing language, chock full of weird rules and quirky usage and words whose origins are lost to history. But everyone knows that already. What you might not know is that the history of the language relied largely on war and invasion; that written English disappeared completely for more than 100 years; and that half the words you use on a regular basis came from people, places, or foreign terms. The range of facts below might be familiar to anyone who’s ever worked on a graduate degree in English, or anyone who’s ever gotten lost in depths of Google at work. Even if you feel you know it all, there’s bound to be something on this list that will surprise you. History
Tone/Attitude Words 1. accusatory-charging of wrong doing 2. apathetic-indifferent due to lack of energy or concern 3. awe-solemn wonder 4. bitter-exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief 5. cynical-questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people
There are two varieties of collective noun listed here. When i receive a submission, i check all available sources for a reference. If i find one (in, for instance, a dictionary), i denote it here as a "submission". If i don't, i denote it a "suggestion". Feel free to submit a collective noun if you don't find it here.
Ambiguous Words Here's a bunch of words that, by themselves, have a handful of meanings. Because of this flexibility, they can be instrumental in titles for your songs/poems/stories/etc.
LEXOPHILES (LOVERS OF WORDS): 1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired. 2. A will is a dead giveaway.
Palindromes are words or sentences that read the same backward or forward. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Go hang a salami.
One of the craziest oddities of the English language is that there are so many different collective nouns that all mean "group" but which are specific to what particular thing there is a group of: a herd of elephants, a crowd of people, a box of crayons, a pad of paper, etc. There is great diversity of collective nouns associated with animals, from a sleuth of bears to a murder of crows. The following is a list of the correct terms to describe groups of various types of animals.