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ODDITIES OF ENGLISH

  • There is no singular form of the word cattle. The male animal is a bull and the female is a cow, but there is no name for the animal in general. The closest term might be head of cattle.
  • The word Mrs. exists only as an abbreviation; it cannot be spelled out.
  • Nothing rhymes with orange or silver.
  • The only word that ends in -mt is dreamt.
  • The word oil can be pronounced by spelling it quickly: o-i-l.
  • The plural of bureau is formed by adding an x: bureaux.
  • The names of the letters of the alphabet can be spelled out, as shown here:
     Letter   Name 
    A
     a 
    B
     bee 
    C
     cee 
    D
     dee 
    E
     e 
    F
     ef 
    G
     gee 
    H
     aitch 
    I
     i 
    J
     jay 
    K
     kay 
    L
     el 
    M
     em 
    N
     en 
    O
     o 
    P
     pee 
    Q
     cue 
    R
     ar 
    S
     ess 
    T
     tee 
    U
     u 
    V
     vee 
    W
     double-u 
    X
     ex 
    Y
     wye 
    Z
     zee 


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