Interesting words, phrases, and articles about the English language from Oxford Dictionary. Denarian
Septuagenarian Octogenarian Nonagenarian
What comes after primary, secondary, tertiary: primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, and denary, although most of these terms are rarely used. There's no word relating to the number eleven, but there is one that relates to the number twelve: duodenary.
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Though the phrase soul mate gained steam toward the end of the twentieth century, the idea goes all the way back to Plato’s Symposium, written in 385–380 BCE. In Symposium, when the two dialogists discuss love, Aristophanes tells Socrates that human beings used to have four arms, four legs, and two faces, and they were happy and complete. But Zeus was jealous and split them in two with his thunderbolt, and now humans spend their lives searching for their other half. This idea of an “other half” has been with us ever since.
But the phrase soul mate itself was first recorded in 1822, when the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in a letter, “To be happy in Married Life . . . you must have a Soul-mate.”
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abstemious and facetious are two words in the English language with all the vowels in alphabetical order.
antidisestablishmentarianism is the opposition to the seperation of church and state.
bulb is a common English word with no perfect rhyme.
caesious - (botany - having a waxy bluish-grey coating) is the shortest English words that contains all the vowels in alphabetical order.
catchphrase and latchstring are two words in the English language with six consecutive consonants.
A clowder is a group or cluster of cats.
dreamt - The only word in the English language for which the letter t follows the letter m.
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.
floccinaucinihilipilification is dismissing something as having little or no value. In the 18th century, Eton College had a book of grammar, including a list of Latin words meaning "of little or no value". In order, they were 'flocci', 'nauci', 'nihili' and 'pili'. As a joke, somebody put all of these together (and added a '-fication' prefix to make it a noun), and so the word 'floccinaucinihilipilification' was born! And now for a spot of Latin: 'flocci' in Latin literally means 'a tuft of wool'; 'nauci' is 'worthless'; 'nihili' means nothing; and 'pili' means 'a hair'! In 1996, this word appeared in the comic strip "Zippy", distributed by King Features Syndicate: "Do you think I may be too quick to find fault with things and people, Zippy? Yeh. Th' 'floccinaucinihilipilification' process. Th' what? Floccinaucinihilipilification! It means 'the estimation of something as valueless'! You've been randomly reading th' dictionary, haven't you? Yes. That and my natural tendency toward antifloccinaucinihilipilification!
strengths is the longest English word with just one vowel.
strengthlessnesses is the longest word in the English language with only one vowel repeated.
underground is a word that begins and ends in und.