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English used to have 6 more letters

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English has always been a living language, changing and evolving with use. But before our modern alphabet was established, the language used many more characters we’ve since removed from our 26-letter lineup. The six that most recently got axed are:

ETH (Ð), THORN (Þ), WYNN (Ƿ),
YOGH (Ȝ), ASH (Æ), ETHEL (Œ)

Read more here.

:)

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Oscar921110

Ash didn't make it to the first 26 places. Poor ash, I hope he can win in an Alphabet League Conference one day.

1 year ago

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lol!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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At least he tries to make an appearance in words archæology, but unfortunately for him people just use archaeology instead :(

1 year ago

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I feel like y'all a going to start making chibi Ash fan art and micro-fics haha. :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

We will :P

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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These would all actually be pretty useful in modern English, I mean, compare the Old English Alphabet's IPA to our Modern English Alphabet's IPA:

Tbh, I wish Modern English was more like Old English, it just looks so cool!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I had no idea.

You find the coolest things to share - thank you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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It was new to me too! I was so excited when I found it though :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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The part about "ye olde...." was especially interesting to me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaptainCIarky

i knew about five but not yogh. Icelandic still holds on to eth thorn ash and ethel, although not called that.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

When I was a kid in the 1940s I learned 27 letters.

The ampersand was then considered a letter in some schools.

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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

That's super interesting! I thought we had always had 26 letters in our alphabet.Thanks for sharing!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/81cheney
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They shall rest in peace. Thanks for this interesting piece of knowledge.

1 year ago

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Interesting. Some of that characters still occur in e.g. Icelandic:

ETH (Ð), THORN (Þ), ASH (Æ)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hopeisnotlost

I couldn't access that link as it is blocked but I did find this: https://omgfacts.com/we-used-to-have-6-more-letters-in-our-alphabet-a7e1a165853d#.tu5imlc5f

1 year ago

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It says that those are the most recent to be removed...I wonder how many letters we had originally...Be right back I'm going to do some research.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hopeisnotlost

I am not finding much info on this.I'll let you know if I find the answer through.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Probably check old Norse, kind of the origin of the English language groups maybe I guess at this moment?. If Icelandic still has this characters, then they (must) have a common origin (I guess).

ETH (Ð), THORN (Þ), ASH (Æ)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hopeisnotlost

wait now I want to research the history of english...(laughing)USAGIBOY7!This is your fault.If you didn't post such awesome posts then I wouldn't be in this mess...Joking I love research

1 year ago

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Evil cackling

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hopeisnotlost

(to usagiboy)I knew you were evil!glares trying to keep a straight face and fails laughing

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hopeisnotlost

Thanks will do.

1 year ago

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This should give most answers I guess.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_alphabet

You can click on the links about e.g. Middle English and check the time period.

Latin borrowings reintroduced homographs of ash and ethel into Middle English and Early Modern English

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hopeisnotlost

That is useful thank you very much:^)

1 year ago

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Thank you for providing this alternative access to the information! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/estudianteMTI3

Very interesting. Thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Interesting. Thanks

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Griffin67104

that is very cool, thanks for the information

1 year ago