Two things native English speakers know, but don’t know you know
@MattAndersonBBC over on Twitter has shared an amazing bit of language trivia:
We looked this up and it’s from a book called The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth.
The next paragraph on the vowel sounds and how words are ordered is equally good:
We’ve literally spent the last hour trying to think of phrases that don’t fit and we’ve found none.
Here’s some that DO fit:
Have fun thinking of ones that don’t fit. The best we’ve got is clunk-click, but that was made up for an old Government information film, so that doesn’t really count.