Solving Puzzles Helps You Discover the Mysteries of the English Language!

A great benefit ofsolving word puzzle games is that you improve your vocabulary. I have come across some words I had never seen before and I love being able to use them correctly in a sentence.

Crossword and codeword puzzle games have woken in me a curiosity about language. Have they done the same for you?

Here are some word facts that I have come across lately.

– The top 3 most commonly used letters in the English language are E, A and R.

– The least commonly used letters in the English language are Z. J and Q.

– The only words that have the letter ‘q’ in it and not followed by “u’ have come from other languages.

– The only common words ending in ‘gry’ are angry and hungry.

– The only word in the English language ending in ‘mt’ is dreamt.

Fascinating, isn’t it? Once you start to examine our language and some of the words in it I know that you will have a lot of questions that need answers.

The AskOxford Dictionary site is one of the best to go to for your crossword puzzle research. There is a section there called ‘World of Words’ and another called ‘Ask the Experts’. Anything you need to know can be found there and if not, just send in your question. This is a site that you can spend hours reading through and it is all educational.

If you or your children love collecting facts, have a look at Enchanted Learning’s list of collective nouns, an aspect of the English language I always find fascinating.   Did you know that a collection of wild cats is called a destruction? Gee, I wonder why!

Word puzzle games and vocabulary building go hand in hand. New words could help you solve that last clue while completing crosswords will teach you new words. The benefits are obvious but the fun of finding out about language might not be. Don’t overlook it. It will awaken an ongoing curiosity about words that will keep your mind alert and questioning for a long time to come.

The more we delve into the English language and discover its many idiosyncrasies, the more we can feel like detectives solving a very large puzzle!  I stumbled across this quote which I believe sums it up perfectly.   “It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water…” Franklin P. Jones 

Who says we can’t mix our idioms?

 

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