Today I learned that β€˜The Rule is Not "A" Before Consonants and "An" Before Vowels’, the rule is actually based around the sound of the word. For example: He has a unique point of view on the subject and talked about it for an hour. writersdigest.com/.amp/wr…
In 1988, "R, S, T, L, N, E" were the letters the chosen for Wheel of Fortune's bonus round as nearly 45% of the English language contains atleast one of these consonants . slate.com/articles/arts/c…
Consonants and vowels are defined by the sound they make when voiced, not the letters themselves. For example, the letter U is a vowel in β€˜undergrad’ and a consonant in β€˜university.’ The letter W is a consonant in β€˜whisky’ and vowel(ish) in β€˜saw.’ quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
The idea that Jehova is the name of God came from a mistranslation. Because Jews can't say the name of God, they used the consonants of the the name (JHVH in latin) mixed with the vowels from the word "adonai" (lord) as a shorthand, but 14th century Christian scholars didn't know this rule. en.wikisource.org/wiki/19…
Maldivian is written using a unique alphabet which uses Arabic numerals as its first nine consonants, and Indic numerals for the following nine. The script may have been invented as a secret code before being adopted for more general use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The Danish language is so full of vowel sounds and guttural swallowed consonants that even Danish children have trouble understanding it, learning to speak at a much slower rate than in other countries. cphpost.dk/life-in-denmar…
Not all Spanish speakers roll their β€˜Rs’. The Costa Rican dialect does not have a trill, and instead they pronounce β€˜Rs’ as an approximant consonant, much like in English. costaricaguides.com/artic…
Today I learned of the word "honorificabilitudinitatibus", plural of the medieval Latin "honorificabilitudinitas", which is "the state of being able to achieve honours". It is also the longest word in the English language with alternating consonants and vowels definitions.net/definitio…
In an effort to simplify English spelling, Benjamin Franklin devised a phonetic alphabet. It was one of the earliest proposed spelling reforms to the English language. He omitted the letters c, j, q, w, x, and y, and added two new vowels with four new consonants for a total of 26 letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Hangul is the Korean alphabet that created by only 1 king. Linguists consider it as one of the most phonologically faithful writing systems in use today. Its feature is the shapes of consonants seemingly mimic the shapes of the speaker's mouth, when pronouncing each consonant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
You actually pronounce the S sound in coup de grΓ’ce! This is called a hyperforeignism: incorrectly applying the rules of a foreign language when pronouncing a word; in this case, dropping the last consonant sound from French words. (This is only the rule for words that don't end with E.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
The Cambodian language has the largest Alphabet of 33 consonants, 23 vowels and 12 independent vowels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khm…
There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and 7 consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, w). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, was given her name for two reasons. The hard consonant "X" allows her to recognize her name easier, and the name "Alexa" is also reminiscent of the Library of Alexandria; as the library was the "keeper of all knowledge" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Many of the native languages of the Pacific Northwest in the Salishan family have extremely long consonant clusters such as "clhp’xwlhtlhplhhskwts’" which is a valid word in the Nuxalk language, meaning "he had had a bunchberry plant". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
That, before a vowel, we pronounce "the" as "thee", and before a consonant, we pronounce it "thuh". learnenglish.de/pronuncia…
The rule for using the articles a/an is based on the sound of the first letter (if it sounds like a consonant or vowel), not the first letter itself. writersdigest.com/online-…
Because their hearing is different from humans dogs adopt and respond to certain names better than others. Names with 2 syllables containing hard consonants and S's like 'Lisa' or 'Rosy' are optimal. waycooldogs.com/naming-yo…
Hangul, the Korean alphabet is considered to be the most logical alphabet in the world, partly because the shapes of its consonants mimic the shapes of the speaker's mouth when pronouncing each consonant allthingslinguistic.com/p…
There is a group of languages called Khoisan that are know for there clicking sound for consonants, the largest of which called Khoe has over 250,000 speakers in Namibia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kho…
Rowan Atkinson suffers from a stammer, so he uses over-articulation as a technique to overcome problematic consonants (like 'B'). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row…
"The" word The is pronounced differently (Like thee) when the next word is a vowel, then when the next word starts with a consonant (Thuh). quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
The Hawaiian language only has 12 letters. 7 consonants & the 5 vowels (A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, U, W) www2.hawaii.edu/~strauch/…
The difference between vowels and consonants is that you impede the flow of air in some way for consonants, but not vowels differencebetween.info/di…
English consonant letters have official spellings, present in the dictionary and playable in Scrabble (H: aitch, W: double-u, Y: wye, etc) dictionary.cambridge.org/…
The Rotokas language of Papua New Guinea may have the smallest sound inventory of any language on Earth, distinguishing just 6 consonants and 5 vowels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
β€œHonorificabilitudinitatibus” is the longest word with an alternating vowel-consonant pattern. worldwidewords.org/weirdw…
There are 92 grammatical cases and 45 consonants in the constructed Ithkuil language, which is so complex that its creator cannot speak it fluently. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The emoticon ΰ² _ΰ²  uses the letter ΰ²  which is a Retroflex consonant(αΉ­ha) from an Indian language(Kannada). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
"an" doesn't always go before a vowel or "a" before a consonant owl.english.purdue.edu/ow…
Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest word in the English language featuring only alternating consonants and vowels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Today I learned of a Half rhyme or imperfect rhyme, sometimes called near-rhyme, lazy rhyme, or slant rhyme, is a type of rhyme formed by words with similar but not identical sounds. In most instances, either the vowel segments are different while the consonants are identical, or vice versa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
There are almost as many vowels as there are consonants in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) of Swedish (23/26) and Finnish (22/26) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The Archi language, which has 970 speakers in seven villages of southern Dagestan, has 1.5 million possible forms of each verb root and a consonant that is not heard in any other language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
The silent "k" in words like "knife" was formerly a pronounced consonant in Old English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The Hawaiian alphabet consists of vowels and only 7 consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, and W. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
To say the word "the" properly, thee is used before a vowel, and thuh is used before a consonant dictionary.reference.com/…
The recently extinct Caucasian Ubykh language had over 80 distinct consonants, but only 2 vowels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uby…
Google Translate now says "Beatbox" instead of "Listen" when you write all consonants in the translate box if the language is set to German.

i.e. http://translate.google.com/#de|de|pv%20tsk%0A%0A

There was a language with only 11 distinct vowel sounds, and 84 consonant sounds. It went extinct in 1992, though recordings of the last native speaker remain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uby…
The Piraha tribe of Brazil uses a language that lacks numbers, colors, or tense, and is composed of only 8 consonants and 3 vowels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
The sound of the consonant f is called 'the voiceless labiodental fricative' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voi…
Some words are "inherently" funny because they contain certain consonant plosives (p, b, t, d, k, or g). Examples: duck; booger; kidney. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inh…
The rule for "a" versus "an" isn't the first letter of the next word (vowel vs consonant), it's whether it makes a consonant sound or vowel sound. That's why we say "A unique way to look at an answer." writersdigest.com/online-…
, originated in 1500 BCE, Sanskrit orders its vowels & consonants based on where the sound is produced, from back of the throat to nasal, making it perhaps the first scientific classification in language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Thaana, the alphabet used in the Maldives, originated from assigning consonants to various Indian and Arabic numeral symbols. Its erratic order and original use in magic incantations suggest its original purpose as a secret and confusing alphabet--but its simplicity made its usage spread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
On April 1, 2013, as an April fool joke, Twitter launched Twttr, a two-tiered service where the free users could only use consonants in their tweets and for five dollars a month, the users could use the premium β€œTwitter” service which also includes vowels. blog.twitter.com/2013/ann…
Ubykh, a recently extinct language in the Caucasus, had more than 80 consonants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uby…
Some languages in the Caucasus area of Russia have 81 consonants and use up to 11 areas of the mouth (instead of the usual five) bostonglobe.com/ideas/201…
The word "salmon" is the rule, not the exception, and that the letter "L" is supposed to be silent before consonants in many words such as "palm," "talk," and "almond." esl.about.com/od/speaking…
There are Georgian words starting with up to 8 consonants, e.g. αƒ’αƒ•αƒ‘αƒ αƒ“αƒ¦αƒ•αƒœαƒ˜ (gvbrdgvni), "you tear us". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
"abjad", a type of writing system where each symbol stands for a consonant, is derived from pronouncing the first letters of the Arabic alphabet in order en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abj…
Hieroglyphic writing is phonetic, ie each symbol represents a sound. Most hieroglyphs represent consonants. When there's ambiguity in what a word is because the vowels don’t differentiate similar words, the next hieroglyph is a visual of the word itself. virtual-egypt.com/newhtml…
Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest word in English featuring alternating consonants and vowels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
There is a language based entirely on whistling. Since tone will travel much clearer than spoken word. The system could be compared to that of a very complex touch-tone phone system. Vowels and consonants are replaced by specific tones. unesco.org/culture/ich/RL…
There are roughly 11,520 possible consonant-vowel-consonant syllables in the English language, but we only use about 2,700 of them. semarch.linguistics.fas.n…
A group in the Amazon can replace its vowels and consonants and converse with each other by singing, humming, or whistling their language. newyorker.com/reporting/2…
Hebrew has no vowel letters, only consonants. Vowels in Hebrew are accent marks around the letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heb…
Silbo Gomero is a language β€œspoken” on La Gomera in the Canary Islands that is made up entirely of whistling sounds. It has evolved to become a whistled form of Spanish, despite being comprised of only 2-4 vowels and 4 consonants. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
The Hawaiian alphabet consists of only 13 letters. 8 consonants and 5 vowels! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
Today I learned about the !Kung people from the Kalahari Desert and their unique language "noted for using click consonants! To pronounce "ΗƒKung" one must make a click sound before the 'k' sound, often represented as an exclamation mark." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C7…

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