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English is the most widely used language in the world. It is the dominant language or in some instances also the required international language of communications, science, information technology, business, seafaring, aviation, entertainment, radio, and diplomacy. A working knowledge of English has become a requirement in a number of fields, occupations and professions such as medicine and computing; as a consequence, more than a billion people speak English to at least a basic level. It is one of six official languages of the United Nations.

While only an estimated 12% of its diaspora speaks English, India, the second most populous country in the world has the second largest English speaking population after United States. Indiass emergence as a strong name to reckon with in the fields of Information Technology and Outsourcing businesses (across medical, legal, business processes) has been made possible only due to a large, English-speaking workforce.

English-speaking, as a skill, will increasingly become an eligibility criterion for the youth to enter the workforce and rise up the ranks as they develop managerial capabilities. Given the dilution of business boundaries, and increasing focus on India as a destination for setting up of Research & Development and Back Office support centres, the need for a workforce with English speaking skills (business communication) cannot be overstated. Further, as Indian companies spread their global footprint with acquisitions, the global managerial cadre with a team back home equipped with business communication skills will become a norm.

  • The English language, as we now know it, began to emerge in the 14th century from a variety of dialects including Old Norse and Late West Saxon.
  • Language, grammar and particularly spelling only really became standardised with the publication of Dr Johnson's Dictionary in 1755.
  • The English language grows at a rate of about one new word every two hours.
  • The past tense for the English word 'dare' is 'durst'.
  • Word 'alphabet' comes from first two letters Greek alphabet - alpha and beta.
  • A sentence which uses every letter of the alphabet is "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog."
  • 'Crutch words' are those words which we slip into sentences to give us more time to think or emphasize on some point. We start using them unconsciously but gradually they became part of our verbal tics. Few examples of these words are -actually, obviously, like, honestly, basically etc. Most of the times they don't add any value or meaning to a statement, for example, "I actually was absent that day."
  • There is no rhyming word in the English language to any of following five words- month, silver, angel, orange or bulb.
  • 'Phobophobia means the fear (phobia) of having any phobia. So the English language has got a word for phobia of phobias.
  • Scolionophobia means to have fear of School. Hope you don't have it!
  • Do you know a funny fact about the word 'listen'? It contains the same letters as the word 'silent'!
  • Do you know about a 5 letter word in the English dictionary, which is pronounced in the same way even when the last four letters are removed from it? Oh, you guessed it right, it is 'queue'.
  • Do you know there are a few words in the English language, which only exist in plural form? Here are a few -glasses, scissors, trousers, jeans, pants etc.
  • Do you know that the adjective most often used to qualify the noun 'heart' is 'broken'.
  • The word "uncopyrightable" is the longest English word in normal use that contains no letter more than once.
  • The shortest complete sentence in English is the following. "I am."
  • The only planet not named after a god is our own, Earth. The others are, in order from the Sun, Mercury, Venus, [Earth,] Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
  • A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a "pangram".
  • The only word in English that ends with the letters "-mt" is "dreamt" (which is a variant spelling of "dreamed") - as well of course as "undreamt"
  • More English words begin with the letter "s" than with any other letter.
  • The dot on top of the letter 'i' is called 'tittle'!
  • The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  • The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
  • Shakespeare invented half the words he used: "Assassinate," "besmirch," "impartial," "worthless," "grovel," "mimic," "noiseless" - all these and more didn't exist before Shakespeare decided to lump them together for the sake of fitting his iambic pentameter. Shakespeare besmirched the dignity of our mother tongue.
  • "The sixth sick Sheikh's sixth sheep's sick''is the toughest tongue twister in English.

In British English, some words from French, Latin or Greek end with a consonant followed by -re, with the -re unstressed. In American English, most of these words have the ending -er.

British English uses more contractions as compared to American English.

  • British: I've got two sisters.
  • American: I have two sisters.

Some words are shorter in American English than in British English.

  • American: catalog, program
  • British: catalogue, programme

Some words that end in '-our' in British English end in '-or' in American English.

  • American: colour, labour
  • British: colour, labour

Americans use the present perfect tense less than speakers of British English and a British teacher might mark wrong some things that an American teacher would say are correct.

  • American: Did you do your homework yet?
  • British: Have you done your homework yet?
  • American: I already ate.
  • British: I've already eaten

There are a lot of examples of different words being used in British and American English. Here are a few of the commonest.

BritishAmerican
angrymad
autumnfall
boot (of a car)trunk
chemist'sdrug store
cupboardcloset
flatapartment
liftelevator
pavementdiaper
nappygas/gasoline
petrolsidewalk
rubbishtrash
tapfaucet
trouserspants

Following tables contain a list of words in which British and American spellings differ.

-ize or -ise-yse
BritishAmericanBritishAmerican
Apologize or ApologiseApologizeAnalyseAnalyze
Organize or OrganiseOrganizeBreathalyseBreathalyze
Recognize or RecogniseRecognizeParalyseParalyze

 

-re-our
BritishAmericanBritishAmerican
CentreCenterColourColor
FibreFiberFlavourFlavor
LitreLiterHumourHumor
TheatreTheater Or TheatreLabourLabor
NeighbourNeighbor

 

Words ending in a vowel plus lWords spelled with double vowels
BritishAmericanBritishAmerican
TravelTravelLeukaemiaLeukemia
TravelledTraveledManoeuvreManeuver
TravellingTravelingOestrogenEstrogen
TravellerTravelerPaediatricPediatric
FuelFuel
FuelledFueled
FuellingFueling

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