Posted by: cindybiz | August 14, 2009

Friday Fun Facts…words

Did you know…

~ The English-language alphabet originally had only 24 letters. One missing letter was J, which was the last letter to be added to the alphabet. The other latecomer to the alphabet was U.

~ Punctuation was not invented until the 1500’s.

~ The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful plough man strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

~ The English word pajamas has its origin in Persian. It is a combination of the Persian words pa (leg) and jamah (garment).

~ The most common letters in the English language are R S T L N E. Sound familiar? Watch an episode of “Wheel of Fortune”…

Now you know!!



  1. I’ve read so many of your articles and they are all outstanding. This is the first minor oversight I have seen in your writings, but it is a common problem by so many students. As a tutor the use of the apostrophe is something I have to teach therefore it stands out, like a neon light to me– so, when you reread your written work you need to see if ‘ it is’ fits in your sentence, as in the above article “it’s origin” — because the apostrophe in it’s word is used ONLY FOR it is.

    The confusion is the word its—which means belongs to it, similar in usage to his, hers, my, our (none of which have hyphens). We get this confused because we do use hyphens with names to show belonging — Carol’s, the dog’s, and with plural names, also the girls’ dresses, the parents’ rights, the children’s perspectives. Hope this clears it up and I totally look forward to sharing your articles with parents. I work with kids with reading problems so I may have a different or deeper perspective on some aspects of reading for dyslexic students and I love learning more about the brain. Good luck on your business and your website.

    • Thanks for the note on this…I would do well to read carefully the things I cut and paste …I am usually a stickler for this one error as well! Thanks for letting me know…and for all your comments! It is great to hear that this information is helpful!


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