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English has one of the largest vocabularies of any language out there, but somehow there are still a few words that are completely unique, either in how they’re formed, the letter combos they hold, or in that they simply can’t be replaced. Here are 15 of those unique words.
1. Dreamt is the only word in the English language to end in “mt”.
2. Bookkeeper and bookkeeping are the only two words in English that have three double letters in a row. Most other words that would have this include a hyphen to make them easier to read.
3. While it’s not the straight-out longest word, uncopyrightable is the longest one not to repeat any letters.
4. The only word in English that contains three y’s is syzygy, which is an alignment of three celestial bodies (planets, moons, stars) in a straight line.
5. To balance out dreamt, there is a word that starts with tm: tmesis. Tmesis is inserting a word in between the parts of a compound phrase. A great example is from Romeo and Juliet: “This is not Romeo, he’s some other where.”
6. It might seem as if the ending “dous” is fairly common, but in reality there are only four common-use words that use it; hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.
7. In a funny twist of fate, schoolmaster is an anagram of “the classroom.”
8. -ology is a common suffix. The shortest word to use it? Oology, the study of eggs.
9. The most commonly used noun in all of English is time.
10. One of the fun things about language is that words mean many different things. The word with the most definitions? Set.
11. The oldest English word that still has the same meaning is town.
12. There are words that start with und- and words that end with -und, but only one word does both: underground.
13. When you spell out four, it’s the only number with the same number of letters as its value.
14. Queue is an especially funny word – if you remove the last four letters, it’s still pronounced the same.