In 1993 a Scotsman was asked to confirm to the court that he was the person summoned. He replied “aye”, but was then told he had to answer yes or no. He replied “aye” again and was imprisoned for 90 minutes for contempt of court. On his release he said “I genuinely thought I was answering him”.
In English, “thou” is actually the singular informal second-person pronoun, like “tú” is Spanish and “tu” in French. “You” is technically a plural formal pronoun, closer to the Spanish “ustedes” or the French “vous.”
The Romanian language has no word for “shallow.” To describe something as shallow, people speaking Romanian usually use the word “small” (“small water” means “shallow water,” for example) or simply “not deep.”
The Welsh language is spoken in the Chubut Province, Argentina.
Despite sharing the same oral language, British, Irish, Australian and American sign language are all completely different languages.
During a lecture, an Oxford philosopher made the claim that although a double negative in English implies a positive meaning, there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative. To which Philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser responded with a dismissive tone, “Yeah, yeah.”
There were two twins named Jennifer and June who only spoke to each other in a secret language, isolated themselves from the outside world, tried to kill each other and wound up in a mental hospital and decided together that one of them must die for the other to live a normal life.
There are up to 24 dialects of American English.