Literature Facts

English Literature Facts

Interesting Facts related to English Literature.

Here is a list of all the interesting literature facts which you didnt knew. These facts will amaze you, and you will find that there is a lot of stuff related to literature,novels,etc which is indeed interesting.

  • Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson” !
  • A Language dies every 14 days !
  • First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer !
  • “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language !
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. 
  • Ghosts appear only  in 4 Shakespearean plays; Julius Caesar, Richard III, Hamlet and Macbeth !
  • Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand !
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple !
  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable !
  • ‘SWIMS’ upsidedown still looks like ‘SWIMS’ !
  • The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter in the alphabet !
  • The town of Hamelin, Germany famous for the legend of the rat-catching Pied Piper has a Modern day Rat Problem due to the food left by tourists !
  • The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.” !
  • ‘Aloha’ is a Hawaiian word that means both hello and goodbye !
  • The longest English word without a vowel is – rhythm !
  • The Times (UK’s newspaper) of 22 August 1978 contained the most number of misprints – about 97 ! In one story about the Pope, he was called “the Pop” throughout the article !
  • “The Mouse Trap,” by Agatha Christie is the longest running play in history !
  • All of the roles in Shakespeare’s plays were originally acted by men and boys. In England at that time, it wasn’t proper for females to appear on stage !
  • ‘Dreamt’ is the only English word that ends in the letters ‘mt’ !
  • The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, ‘Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.’ !
  • John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, “Paradise Lost.” !
  • In the original story, Sleeping beauty was raped by the prince and gave birth to 2 children. She woke up when a kid sucked on her finger !
  • Silent and Listen are spelt with the same letters !

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