Buzz·Posted on 15 Apr 201421 Delightful Facts About The English LanguageWord nerds assemble!by Robyn WilderBuzzFeed Staff, UKFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. The first letters of the months separating June and December spell 'JASON'. chartarchive.org July, August, September, October, November. 2. "Shit" is one of our oldest words, and used to mean "cattle diarrhoea". Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal / reddit.com 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". Flickr: striatic / Creative Commons 4. Earth is the only planet in our solar system that's not named after a god. Flickr: 11304375@N07 / Creative Commons 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. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Dreamworks / j-g-l.tumblr.com 6. English is the third most commonly spoken language in the world (the first and second are Mandarin Chinese and Spanish). Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF leinyperezx33.tumblr.com 7. More English words begin with the letter "S" than any other letter of the alphabet. Flickr: cursedthing / Creative Commons 8. "Typewriter" is one of the longest common words you can type on the top row of a typewriter. Flickr: liviacristinalc / Creative Commons The others include "proprietor", "repertoire", and "perpetuity". 9. English is mainly a mix of Old High German, Old Norse, and Anglo-Norman. We only started speaking recognisable Modern English in the 14th Century. Flickr: archeon / Creative Commons 10. The past tense of "dare" is "durst". commons.wikimedia.org / Creative Commons 11. The closest languages to English are Dutch and West Flemish. Flickr: jasmic / Creative Commons 12. "I" is the oldest word in the English language. commons.wikimedia.org / Creative Commons 13. The game of marbles gave us the phrase "knuckle down" (placing your knuckles on the floor lined up a better shot). Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Tumblr.com 14. "Juke" as in "jukebox" may be derived from a West African word for "disorderly" or a Scots word for "dance". No one really knows. geograph.org.uk Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF televandalist.com 15. The dot above the letters "i" and "j" is called a superscript dot. Flickr: lwr / Creative Commons 16. "Almost" is one of the longest English words to have all its letters in alphabetical order. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF CBS / Tumblr.com 17. Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours. Flickr: jvk / Creative Commons 18. And the dictionary grows by about 4,000 words a year. Flickr: emdot / Creative Commons 19. Most English grammar and spelling follow the standardised rules set out in Dr Johnson’s Dictionary, which was published in 1755. Flickr: alexbrn / Creative Commons 20. Only two modern English words end in "-gry": "angry" and "hungry". alwayslauren.com 21. Many people believe that the word "testify" originated in Roman times, when men swore on their testicles. Unfortunately this is not true. Flickr: whizchickenonabun / Creative Commons So sad.