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Can you guess these facts about the English language that were blogged by Oxford University Press in 2013?

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The idea of correct spelling wasn’t considered important until the 17th century, when the first ____________ were published.
Contrary to popular belief, ____ is not an American suffix.
New words are being coined all the time, so the only thing that is consistent in language is ______.
English has a huge number of close synonyms derived from different linguistic roots (i.e. house/ mansion, sheep/ mutton), where the major difference is ________.
Around _________ people around the world are learning English at this very moment.
Most words that enriched the English lexicon since the Norman conquest (1066) have _____ roots (thanks to the Renaissance).
The man that wanted to make spelling more logical, thus being largely responsible for the differences between American and British spelling, is _______.
From the 11th century to the end of the 12th century, the English aristocracy couldn’t speak English, only ______.
Of the 10 most-widely spoken languages in the world, only English has no _______ guiding it.
Of the 100 most frequently used words in English, 96 have ________ roots.

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