A few fascinating facts for a Friday afternoon Print

Just a few fun and fascinating literary and linguistic facts to keep you amused on a rainy Friday afternoon...

1.    The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer.
2.    Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, ‘Gadsby’, which contains over 50,000 words - none of them with the letter E.
3.    Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
4.    The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
5.    There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.
6.    The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
7.    In Chinese, the KFC slogan “finger lickin’ good” translates as “eat your fingers off”.
8.    A pregnant goldfish is called a "twit" or , according to some sources, a "twat".
9.    Shakespeare was so young when he got married that he needed a special Bishop’s Licence, on which his name is spelled Shagspere. How rude.
10.    Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because Donald Duck does not wear trousers.

Enjoy the weekend :)

Posted by Faye Stenson, 6 September 2013