“You are the “bestest” dad ever,” squealed the little girl!!! With face flushed with excitement she just couldn’t get enough of the new gift that her dad got her. Hugging her dad she ran out to show her friends her new gift.
Now, haven’t we all come across a phase when we feel no word in the dictionary is good enough to express our happiness or excitement? I often do…may be because it takes very little to make me happy!!
I recently used the term “Bestest” on radio and one of my listeners sent me a message mentioning if it was even an approved word! For purists who wince at words which are not approved as per the dictionary I would say sometimes when words fail you beat it by inventing a super superlative which you think would match your happiness or excitement. Well if you still do not share my thoughts then let’s agree to disagree and find solace in the fact that even Shakespeare wasn’t spared from this plight and hence came in to existence “most beautifullest”!!
Did you know “aiyoh” has found a rightful place in the dictionary? It is said speakers of South Indian language who has never used the term “aiyoh” has probably had a very uneventful life!! Similarly “Aiyah” has got its crown of approval. So may be eventually “bestest” might also find its rightful place in the dictionary.
Compared to other languages, English may seem simple, but that is probably because most people don’t realize it is full of crazy inventions, misinterpretations, mistakes, strange words, and needless words! Now for some lesser known facts that goes to show English is indeed a funny yet interesting language
- “What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters : ABCDEF? Answer: FEEDBACK. Don’t forget that Feedback is one of the essential Elements of Good communication”
- There’s a name for words that we repeat often. -CRUTCH
For eg; Words we always use even though they add no meaning or value to a sentence are called crutch words. For example, in the sentence “Then I was like, OMG, then like, he went there, and like…” it is pretty obvious that “like” is the crutch word. “Actually,” “honestly,” and “basically” are also commonly used as crutch words.
- Have you ever wondered why the English computer keyboard is set out in the way it is instead of in alphabetical order? The reason for this is on early typewriters, the keys needed to be arranged in a certain way so that the mechanical rods which held the letters did not clash too much and jam. The letters needed to be separated so that the ones which were most commonly used were not next to each other.
- The word “set” has 464 definitions, making it the word with the most variety.
- The longest word containing no repeating letters, including every vowel, is “uncopyrightable,” at 15 letters.