THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE SPANISH LANGUAGE

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Do you know what the longest word in Spanish is? Or which words and letters are the most used? The Spanish language has a lot of well-kept secrets. In today’s post, we’ll tell you about things you didn’t know about the Spanish language.

‘Nunca lo hubiera dicho’

This is the title of a book, published by Taurus, in which you’ll get to know all the secrets of the Spanish language. This is the first book of a new series focused on linguistic dissemination, endorsed by the Royal Spanish Academy and the Association of Spanish Language Academies.

Curiosities about letters

Contrary to what most people think, the most used letter in Spanish is not the a, but the e. The third position in this ranking is held by another vowel, the o. In fact, according to some studies, 45% of the letters of a Spanish text are vowels. That’s the reason why all the vowels are contained in many Spanish words, such as auténtico (authentic),riachuelo (stream) or albaricoque (apricot). The least used letters in Spanish are the x, the k and the w.

The book also devoted a chapter to the ñ, the most characteristic letter of the Spanish language, which almost disappeared in 1991. This letter appeared in medieval times when copyists started to simplify double nn by putting a dash over it.

Curiosities about words

Another curious fact about the Spanish language is that the longest word contains 23 letters: electroencefalografista (electroencephalographer). Other interesting words in Spanish are cosa (thing) and realizar (do), since they are the two most used words in Spanish, or ferrocarrilero (railwayman), which contains five r. Some words in Spanish have changed over the years; for example, murciélago (bat), was initially murciégalo and cocodrilo (crocodile) was crocodilo. The same phenomenon has started happening the other way round in recent years. For example, octubre (October) can now be written otubre and albóndiga (meatball) can be written as almóndiga. 

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