Category: Language

Lost Letters - Old English Letters 7

Lost Letters: Old English Letters

In previous installments of this series, we’ve looked at letters of the alphabet made and lost in the days of ancient Greece and Rome. Now let’s look at some of the Old English Letters...

Lost Letters - Claudian Letters 7

Lost Letters: The Claudian Letters

Last week, we looked at some of the letters dropped from the Greek Alphabet — letters that never even made it into Latin. This week, we’ll look at the Claudian Letters, three new letters...

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Lost Letters: The Greek Alphabet

Why does the English Alphabet have 26 letters? There’s nothing magical or important about that number. In fact, there’s nothing special about the 26 letters we ended up with. It’s just an accident of...

Phonetic Works of William Shakespeare 9

Spelling Reform

English Spelling is screwed up. Though if you’re literate enough to read this sentence, you probably already know that. Even if you won your elementary school spelling bee, you’ve almost certainly come across words...

The Invention of Lower Case 3

Media and Writing Systems

I’ve noticed that writing systems are affected by the media on which they are written. This explains a lot from the shape of specific fonts to the form of entire writing systems. Let’s take...

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Michigan Accent in Dallas

I’ve lived all over, but somehow I picked up a Michigan accent and never let it go. I never realized how strongly Midwestern I sounded till I moved down to Texas. The funny part...