It’s French language week: Why not impress your French friends with some unusual facts about their own language?
The longest word in the dictionary is anticonstitutionnellement at 25 letters.
The shortest French word with all the vowels is oiseau (bird).
Meanwhile oiseaux (birds) is the longest word where you don’t pronounce any of the letters individually.
There are more words that have just one letter than there are letters in the alphabet.
The word “simple” doesn’t rhyme with any other French word. Neither does “quatorze“, “quinze” or “monstre“.
French is the only language (besides English) that’s spoken on all the continents. (Much of west Africa is French speaking, Canada in North America, French Guiana in south America, Vanuatu in Oceania.)
The longest name of a French town is Saint-Remy-en-Bouzemont-Saint-Genest-et-Isson in the Marne département, north eastern France.
There are several words that have three e’s in a row, like créée and agréée which mean “created” and “approved”, respectively.
Oeil (eye) is the only word that starts with a different letter when in plural yeux (eyes).
The word “amour” is very peculiar as it’s masculine in the singular (“amour fou”) and feminine in the plural (“belles amours”), as one of our readers pointed…