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  • [Language fact 1] 800 different languages are spoken in New York City, making it the most linguistically diverse city on Earth.


  • [Language fact 2] The phrase 'crocodile tears' refers to a medieval belief that crocodiles shed tears of sadness when killing and consuming their prey.


  • [Language fact 3] "Muphry's Law" is an intentional misspelling of "Murphy's Law." Muphry's Law states that anything written to criticize the spelling or proofreading of others will ironically contain editing mistakes as well.


  • [Language fact 4] The phrase 'duck', used in cricket to mean a score of zero, is short for 'duck's egg', referring to the shape of the number. 'Goose-egg' is prevalent in U.S English while the French equivalent 'l'oeuf' (egg) is the origin of 'love', meaning zero in tennis.


  • [Language fact 5] The word “assassin” derives from “hashish”, referring to Nizari Ismailis, who operated out of Lebanon. They were a medieval sect of fanatical Muslims who only answered to a leader known as the “Old Man of the Mountains.” They had a penchant for covertly murdering many leaders of opposing forces after consuming large quantities of hashish. Hashishin (or “pot addict”) was a derogatory term applied to this sect by their enemies, as marijuana is outlawed under Islam.


  • [Language fact 6] The word “Wedding” originates from the Anglo-Saxon word “wedd” which meant wager or gamble.


  • [Language fact 7] "Cryptophasia" is a phenomenon where twins make up a language which they only speak with each other. Twin languages often consist of onomatopoeia, and new words twins create by simplifying the words used by adults around them. Up to 50% of young twins may develop their own twin language.


  • [Language fact 8] Motto of the news satire organization, “The Onion” is “Tu stultus es” which in Latin translates to “You're an idiot.”


  • [Language fact 9] We use "lbs" as shorthand for pounds in English because of the Latin phrase "Libra Poundo", which is also where we derived "pounds" from


  • [Language fact 10] The word "bedlam", meaning chaos, is derived from the infamous Bedlam insane asylum established in 1247. It was notorious for its brutal treatment of the mentally ill, and for allowing fee paying spectators to watch the "bedlam."


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