你没听过的15个英文冷知识

发布时间: 2016-02-20 14:36   来源: 北外网院
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英语中最长的单词是怎么来的?

单词“Goodbye”的由来是什么?

“tips”的本意是什么?

这里有15个脑洞无敌的冷知识,和英语纠缠死磕了N多年,也来见识一下它逗比的一面吧。

 

① Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter.

剑桥大学的研究表明:单词中字母的顺序如何不重要,重要的是第一个和最后一个字母的位置。这是因为大脑在阅读时不会读到所有字母。

② WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW.. 'WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT ISAW'.. This is the only English sentence which even if we read in reverse, it'll give the same sentence.

“WAS IT A CAR OR A CAT I SAW”(我看到的是一辆车还是一只猫)这是英语(精品课)中唯一一句反过来念还是一样的句子。

③ "Goodbye" came from "God bye" which came from "God be with you."

英语单词“Goodbye”来自于“God bye”,原意是“上帝与你同在”。

④ The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!

“The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.”(这只敏捷的棕色狐狸跳过了一只懒狗)这句话用到了字母表中的所有字母!

⑤ 'Go', is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

“Go”是英语中最短的完整句子。

⑥ The onion is named after the Latin word 'unio' meaning large pearl.

单词“onion”(洋葱)来自于拉丁词“unio”,意思是大珍珠。

⑦ The word Tips is actually an acronym standing for 'To Insure Prompt Service'.

单词“tips”(小费)实际上是“To Insure Prompt Service”(保障快捷的服务)的首字母缩写!

⑧ The phrase 'rule of thumb' is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

词组“rule of thumb”(经验法则),是从一条古老的英国法律中来的,即:不能用超过大拇指粗细的东西打老婆。

⑨ The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses!

英语中最长的单词是“pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses”(硅酸盐沉着病)!

⑩ More people in China speak English than in the United States.

会说英语的中国人比会说英语的美国人还多。

⑪ The word "listen" contains the same letters as "silent."

单词“listen”(听)和“silent”(安静的)用到了一样的字母。

⑫ Hoover vacuum cleaners were so popular in the UK that many people now refer to vacuuming as hoovering.

胡佛真空吸尘器在英国曾经非常流行,到现在很多人还把“vacuuming”(吸尘)说成“hoovering”(胡佛ing…)。

⑬ Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.

“Stressed”(压力)倒过来拼就是“Desserts”(点心)。

⑭ The most used letter in the English alphabet is 'E', and 'Q' is the least used!

英语中使用最多的字母是“E”,用得最少的是“Q”。

⑮ Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E!

作家厄尔尼斯特·文森特·莱特曾经写过一篇5万字的小说《葛士比》,里面没有一个字母“E”!

 

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