1. The first letters of the months separating June and December spell ‘JASON’.
July, August, September, October, November.
2. “Shit” is one of our oldest words, and used to mean “cattle diarrhoea”.
The word has its roots in Germanic and Scandinavian languages, and we’ve been saying it since at least 1086. Skidbrooke in Lincolnshire and Sherbourn Lane in London were both originally named for being “shit streams”.
3. The chess term “checkmate” comes from a 14th century Arabic phrase, “shah mat”, which means “the king is helpless”.
4. Earth is the only planet in our solar system that’s not named after a god.
The others are Mars, Venus, Uranus, Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn and Neptune (Pluto RIP).
5. English is the official language of the skies, and all pilots, regardless of their country of origin, identify themselves in English on international flights.
6. English is the third most commonly spoken language in the world (the first and second are Mandarin Chinese and Spanish).
7. More English words begin with the letter “S” than any other letter of the alphabet.
8. “Typewriter” is one of the longest common words you can type on the top row of a typewriter.
The others include “proprietor”, “repertoire”, and “perpetuity”.