Monday, 28 February 2022

Beautiful English

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest common word in the English language.

Strengths & screeched are the two longest one-syllable words in English.

Facetious, abstemious, annelidous, arsenious are English words that contain all five vowels in alphabetical order.

Uncopyrightable is the longest English word with no repeating letters.

Stewardesses is one of the longest words typeable on a normal keyboard with the left hand.

Polyphony is one of the longest words typeable on a normal keyboard with the right hand.

Quattuordecillion is a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 45 zeros.

Deeded is the only word that is made using only two different letters, each used three times.

Queueing is the only word with five consecutive vowels.

The word with the most consonants in a row is latchstring.

The only words with three consecutive double letters are bookkeeping and bookkeeper.

Underground is the only word that begins and ends with "und".

If you spell out every number from 0 to 999, you will find every vowel except for "a". You have to count to one thousand to find an "a".

Q is the only letter that is not used in the name of any of the United States.

The only words with "uu" are vacuum muumuu residuum and continuum.

Subcontinental is the only word that uses each vowel only once and in reverse alphabetical order.

The longest English word without a true vowel (a, e, i, o or u) is rhythm.

More English words begin with the letter "S" than any other letter of the alphabet.

"I am." is the shortest two words sentence in the English language.

If you were to write out every number name in full (one, two, three, four...), you wouldn't use a single letter B until you reached one billion.

In written English, only one letter in every 510 is a Q.

The shortest -ology is oology, the scientific study of eggs.

11% of the entire English language is just the letter E.

Happy is used three times more often in English than Sad.

Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.

Only two English words in current use end in "-gry". They are angry & hungry.

A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a pangram.

The dot over the letter is called a "superscript dot".

In English, the @ symbol is usually called "the at sign" or "the at symbol".

There are only 4 English words in common use ending in "-dous" hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous.

"No." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

Thursday, 10 February 2022


You may remember last year we donated money from my advertising account to Trevi house, which is a women's rescue centre in Plymouth. TREVI has been a favourite charity of mine for a number of years. I have received from TREVI House, a response to our donation. Which totalled £110. This included  £70 from the ad account plus £40 from my wallet.(I have a habit of losing my wallet and if I get it back I donate half the cash therein to TREVI House. The rest of the contents of my wallet I donate elsewhere to worthy causes) However the response is currently in Oxford, but as soon as I receive it here, in Banbury, I will post it on this page.

TREVI do have a page which can be found here;

About Trevi - Trevi

If you want to donate independently of me please, by all means, do so, they need all the help they can get.

Thursday, 3 February 2022


I was going to go away for the weekend, but time was overrun by the Countess Chavagnon and her shopping/social life. We managed to get away Monday pm and I stayed at her house in Oxford for a few days. 

I started with the sniffles Monday afternoon and progressed through long bouts of sneezing on Tuesday and was comfortable again on Wednesday. So comfortable in fact that I came home on Thursday arriving in time for a late lunch. 

We persisted throughout last month with the Dry January shenanigan, an alcohol fast, that was long overdue. Low and behold we succeeded, never touched a drop! We are feeling quite chuffed and my liver had an opportunity to re-generate. My middle region also managed to do some reshaping. Some, but not much!

Milly M will be going into dry dock next month and various smaller jobs. Gas locker needs attention. One window has to come out for resealing and the internal frames need rubbing down and re-varnishing again. Ooo must get rivets!