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Famous Last Words

Do you know the last words of H.G. Wells, John Adams, or Gertrude Stein? You'll find them in this file, along with the last words of several more famous people.


Reverend William A. Spooner (1844-1930) taught at New College, Oxford, England. A speech impediment and poor eyesight frequently caused him to transpose sounds in sentences he was saying. In addition, his career as a teacher and preacher provided ample opportunities and witnesses. It is little wonder, then, as Webster's New World Dictionary puts it, "an unintentional interchange of sounds, usually initial sounds, in two or more words," is today called a spoonerism.  

The Thirteen Longest English Words

According to The Book of Lists:  #13--Honorificabilitudinitatibus (27 letters) This is the longest word used by William Shakespeare. It occurs in the play Love's Labours Lost and means "with honorableness."  Open this file to find the other twelve words.

Tongue Twisters

We all love them. They're tongue twisters. In this file you'll find tongue twisters like this one:   A Tudor who tooted a flute tried to tutor two tooters to toot. Said the two to their tutor, "Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?"

Earning Money by Talking

In this file, you'll see a list of famous speakers, many of whom earn in the six figures for giving speeches.

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

You are not the only person who questions the value of all those meetings! Open this file to see what others have said about meetings, meetings, meetings.


The .zip file below contains 16 separate files, including those referenced above.