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161. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

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The word 'Queue' is the only word in English that is pronounced the same, when the last four letters are removed.
The only number to have all letters in alphabetical order, when written - is forty.
The TU-144 Soviet passenger airliner, flew at a much faster speed than Concorde.
A giraffe can lick it's ear.

162. Posted by Claire2010 (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

Quoting flyingbob

Concorde was over 12 inches longer whilst flying at mach 2 at 55,000 feet - than when it was stationary on the ground.

I'm intruiged why so? Claire x

163. Posted by Troyon81 (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y

There are 283 Munros(an individual mountain peak at over 3000ft) in Scotland and some people have climbed them all! Not me though...

164. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

bwiian

Synthesis
sycophant.
psychology
byte
lysergic acid
Errol Flynn
Lynn Canyon

....to name just a few

-A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

-The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all:
"A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

-The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

-The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means, "the king is dead".

-Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Mar-2010, at 09:54 by Piecar ]

165. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

[quote=Piecar]bwiian

Synthesis
sycophant.
psychology
byte
lysergic acid
Errol Flynn
Lynn Canyon

....to name just a few

Still doesn't make the letter Y a vowel. It's a consenant....ask Carol Vorderman hehe

166. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 6y

Quoting bwiiian

[quote=Piecar]bwiian

Synthesis
sycophant.
psychology
byte
lysergic acid
Errol Flynn
Lynn Canyon

....to name just a few

Still doesn't make the letter Y a vowel. It's a consenant....ask Carol Vorderman hehe

Apart from in Welsh, where it's considered a vowel.

167. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

This is a dumb fight, which I refuse to lose. Those several words use the letter as a vowel. Multiple texts consider the letter a vowel. Carol Vorderman can shove it. I am a goddamned English teacher. This is right up there with the stupid assertion that when you like an action, it is changes that action to a noun. "I like to swim"....SWIM suddenly becoming a noun....The British. The real idiotic thing about that one is that it's an arbitrary rule that does nothing to change the structure of the sentence. It seems designed solely as a way to confuse a student. Brits, they invent the language and then try to tank it at every turn. Here's another of my faves...In British english Chore and Jaw have the same phoneme.

I am surprised that a Kiwi would chime in on that side. In North America every child is taught A E I O U AND SOMETIMES Y

http://www.phonicsontheweb.com/y-roles.php

http://yisavowel.blogspot.com/

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_is_y_a_vowel

Let's Try It In Song!!!

http://www.starfall.com/n/skills/y-vowel/load.htm?f

Jesus.

Yes. I got wound up about that.


-Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

-The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life."

-"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

-A group of unicorns is called a blessing. Twelve or more cows are known as a "flink." A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A group of whales is called a pod. A group of ravens is called a murder. A group of officers is called a mess. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A group of owls is called a parliament

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Mar-2010, at 20:26 by Piecar ]

168. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 6y

Derek, I was not disagreeing with you - I agree wholeheartedly that Y is never a vowel in English. I was just making the point that in Welsh it is actually considered a vowel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_language (as is the letter W). :)

Also, I'm not a Kiwi.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Mar-2010, at 20:41 by bex76 ]

169. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

A very tricky and funny way to continue to deny truth.

Y is a vowel in some cases...Definitely. One Hundred Percent. Screw it, I'm going to the gym

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Mar-2010, at 20:56 by Piecar ]

170. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

Y sometimes acts like a vowel, but it is in fact a consenant. I sometimes use a spoon to break things but that doesn't mean it turns into a hammer. It's still a spoon, it's just acting like a hammer.
I'm an English Teacher too. We like to confuse everyone with our language, it makes it more fun....