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Fun for Friday: Interesting Facts about English

Dictionary page for dictionaryGrammarly has a neat little article including ten interesting facts about the English language, which you can read here. In it, you can learn all about pangrams, ambigrams, and ghost words!

The most fascinating fact to me is the last one, which states that the word “girl” did not originally mean a female child, but rather a young person. I was skeptical about this, so I did some digging, and it turns out that it is correct! You can read all about the etymology of “girl” here! Also, you can now use this fun fact to impress people, which, in my mind, is half the fun of etymology!

 


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