10 Letters We Dropped From The Alphabet

In my earlier article, How Do You Pronounce “Ye”?, available at https://blog.eogn.com/2020/05/12/how-do-you-pronounce-ye-2/, I discussed the thorn, a letter that used to be in the English alphabet (and in the alphabets of several other European languages) but has since been dropped and is no longer used (except it is still popular in the Icelandic language).

In the article, I wrote, “Yes, the letter thorn was one of the 27 (or more) letters of the English alphabet back in the Middle Ages.” Now a YouTube video explains the many lost letters that no longer exist in the modern English alphabet.

If you have an interest in the subject, you can view the somewhat humorous video in the window above or at https://youtu.be/zUrDUxh5xS0.

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Very informative and interesting video. Thank you.

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There was apparently an 11th letter, though I have been unable to determine its name and scholars I have consulted either are unaware of the letter or also do not know its name. I am unable to duplicate it because this interface will not allow me to paste in an example. The closest representation would be a printed V and cursive p with the loop of the p being a flourish which twice crosses the V in a clockwise manner. It represents a syllable beginning with “p” and ending with “r” so that parish become Vpish, portion becomes Vption, person becomes Vpson, and I am hard pressed to think of instances where I have seen instances of this letter in words beginning either pir, pur, or pyr.

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