15 Facts

Words are the building blocks of communication—but still, there's a lot you probably don't know about them. Even some of the most common words have surprising histories or hidden meanings. And at the same time, the English language is loaded with words that perfectly describe everyday things, but chances are that you don't use them because you never even knew they existed. That is, of course, until now. Here are 40 wild word facts that will add flavor to your future conversations—and maybe even help lead your team to victory at your next trivia night.

1. An infinity sign is called a "lemniscate."
The term refers to a plane curve in which two loops meet at a central point, creating what we might call a sideways figure-eight. As Merriam-Webster explains, it's derived from the Latin word for "with hanging ribbons." 

2. The longest English word is nearly 190,000 letters.