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LOST LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET: 9 letters we stopped using


Thorn, eth, yogh, wynn, ash, ethel, eng, long S & the Tironian et. This video takes you on a tour of the letters we don't use anymore. It'll tell you where they came from and why they disappeared.

You are about to find out:
Why we're all pronouncing "ye" in "ye olde" wrong
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Why old documents contain lots of Fs instead of Ss
How we ended up with a letter called "doubleU"
What the AngloSaxon version of the "ABC Song" sounded like (a bit creepy)
...and lots more.

Among these lost letters of the alphabet are some that I would gladly bring back. Let me know which you would like to resurrect in the comments.

Many of these are Old English letters. Others are letters from Middle English. Check out my other videos about the history of the English language.

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That wonderful Futhorc chant is here:

0:00 Intro
0:36 Thorn (Þ þ)
2:24 Eth (Ð ð)
3:54 Wynn (Ƿ ƿ)
4:50 Ash (Æ) & Ethel (Œ)
6:24 Yogh (Ȝ ȝ)
7:48 Long S (ſ)
8:51 Eng (Ŋ ŋ)
9:23 Tironian "Et" (⁊)
10:27 Goodbye

Video by Rob Watts

posted by Parmenideil