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Who doesn’t love the taste of pineapples?

They’re definitely one of the most unusual looking tropical fruits, but what facts do you know about them? Check out these top ten fascinating pineapple facts!

  1. Originally, ‘pineapple‘ was a name used for pine cones, the first recorded mention of the word dates back to 1398.
  2. When this tropical fruit was discovered in America, the Europeans named them pineapples because of the resemblance to what we now known as pine cones.
  3. A pineapple is not an apple, or pine. It’s actually a berry!
  4. In Spanish, pineapples are called piña – which you’ve probably heard of in reference to the piña colada drink.
  5. In the wild, pineapple plants can live & fruit for up to 50 years.
  6. You can actually grow pineapple plants by slicing off the top of a pineapple and planting it in soil.
  7. The world’s largest pineapple ever recorded was in 2011, grown by Christine McCallum from Bakewell, Australia. It measured 32cm long, 66cm girth and weighed a whopping 8.28kg!
  8. 75% of all pineapples sold in Europe are grown entirely in Costa Rica.
  9. The Hawaiian word for pineapple is ‘halakahiki‘.
  10. The Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden Maze in Hawaii has the record for the largest maze in the world, stretching over three acres!

Source: www.thefactsite.com

For ‚Game of Thrones’ fans

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http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/14/game-thrones-jon-dies-interview

Word of the Day

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Definitions forunquiet
  1. agitated; restless; disordered; turbulent:unquiet times.
  2. mentally or emotionally disturbed; vexed or perturbed; uneasy:He felt unquiet and alone.
  3. a state of agitation, turbulence, disturbance, etc.:Unquiet spread throughout the land.

Citations for unquiet

The Scotch became unquiet in the Red King’s time, and were twice defeated—the second time, with the loss of their King, Malcolm, and his son. Charles Dickens, A Child’s History of England, 1852

I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847

Origin of unquiet
Unquiet has been in English since at least the early 1500s. The prefix un- means “not” and the root word quiet derives from the Latin verb quiēscere “to come to rest.”

source: www.dictionary.reference.com

More advanced vocabulary

 to keep one’s wits about one To be ready to think clearly and calmly about something that may be difficult
 to be at one’s wits’ end Very worried because you have tried everything possible to solve a problem
 to be scared out of one’s wits Very frightened
to the best of one’s knowledge As far as I know
common knowledge Everybody knows about it
to have something on the brain Keep thinking about something all the time so that it annoys you
to pick somebody’s brains Ask someone a lot of questions to find out everything they know about a particular subject to help you
to rack one’s brains Try very hard to think of an idea or remember something
to set one’s mind on something/doing something To be determined to achieve something or decide that you definitely want to have it
to spring to mind To think of somebody or something immediately

effect or affect

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Did you know that…?

„Feedback” is the shortest word in English that has the letters a, b, c, d, e, and f.

English Language Facts

Enjoy our interesting English language facts and information and have fun learning new trivia related to the English language.

Find a range of facts related to the history of the English language, how many words there are, vocabulary origins, the alphabet, how many native speakers there are and much more. Read on and learn some cool English language information.

  • English is a West Germanic Language.
  • The English language spread with the growth of the British Empire, becoming the dominant language in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.
  • The growing global influence of the US has further increased the spread of English.
  • Today English is probably the most widely spoken language in the world, with many people learning it as a second or foreign language. It is estimated that there could be as many as 1.5 billion total English speakers worldwide.
  • With over 800 million native speakers, Chinese Mandarin is the most spoken native language, followed by Spanish and English.
  • The countries with the highest populations of native English speakers are the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
  • English is one of six official languages of the United Nations, as well as French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese Mandarin.
  • English has a huge vocabulary, with over 250000 different words listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • English incorporates words from a large number of different languages. Many of these words have French, Old Norse or Dutch origins.
  • Many scientific words used in the English language come from Latin or Greek.
  • English is written in the Latin alphabet (also known as the Roman alphabet).

Source: www.funenglishgames.com

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Did you know that…?

No words in English rhyme with: „month,” „orange,” „silver,” or „purple.”

Hot cross buns – a recipe

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 450g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 x 7g sachets easy-blend yeast
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150ml warm milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • oil, for greasing

The spices and dried fruit

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 100g currants

To decorate

  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

Method

  1. Put the flour, yeast, caster sugar and 1 tsp salt into a large mixing bowl with the spices and dried fruit and mix well. Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk, 50ml warm water, the beaten egg and the melted butter. Mix everything together to form a dough – start with a wooden spoon and finish with your hands. If the dough is too dry, add a little more warm water; if it’s too wet, add more flour.
  2. Knead in the bowl or on a floured surface until the dough becomes smooth and springy. Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a clean, damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until roughly doubled in size – this will take about 1 hr depending on how warm the room is.
  3. Tip the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for a few secs, then divide into 12 even portions – I roll my dough into a long sausage shape, then quarter and divide each quarter into 3 pieces. Shape each portion into a smooth round and place on a baking sheet greased with butter, leaving some room between each bun for it to rise.
  4. Use a small, sharp knife to score a cross on the top of each bun, then cover with the damp tea towel again and leave in a warm place to prove for 20 mins until almost doubled in size again. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  5. When the buns are ready to bake, mix the plain flour with just enough water to give you a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag (or into a plastic food bag and snip the corner off) and pipe a white cross into the crosses you cut earlier. Bake for 12-15 mins until the buns are golden and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. While still warm, melt the granulated sugar with 1 tbsp water in a small pan, then brush over the buns.

Enjoy 🙂

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