Friday, February 05, 2010


I wonder about the letter W. It isn’t two U’s at all. It is more like a double V. Besides U is a vowel and W is only a vowel rarely along with Y. I’m all for the letter W; some of my favorite words include it, but I don’t think it should be called a Double-U. No more than E should be called an F with a base, or a q ba called an O with a penis, or an X should be called Crossed I’s.


Blogger richpix said...

"U" used to look like "V" and they were used interchangeably. Look at any old English texts or carvings and you'll see words like PVBLIC instead of PUBLIC.

VW--cryere: Derrieres frozen, for posterity.

4:32 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

But in cursive, it looks like two 'U's" joined.

4:51 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Good god, man, you are losing it.

Has this week been that rough?

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never knew W could be a vowel. And I went to college. And graduate school. How funny...

6:00 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Rich I guess they had to invent a new letter when they discovered Ultraviolet. They couldn't abbreviate UV with out it.

Donna, doesn't it also have a shelf following it in cursive?

Auntie, Ho Boy, I'll tell you all about it next week.

Anon, We were taught A,E,I,O,U and Sometimes Y and W. Y is easy with words like By and My and Why. For an explanation of then W, check this link

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kids group "The Baby Grands" wrote a song about this very thing...well, without the mention of a penis I guess.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Guy said...

Whoa, How and why would you possibly know this Baby Grand thing exists?

6:58 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I went here: and ended up wondering how we managed to keep it all straight to begin with. It's a wonder with all the changes that have happened that we still manage to speak a language at all. Now my brain is filled with fricatives and sibilants with the occasional umlaut thrown in. Not a nice thing to do to someone first thing in the morning, you know.

veri word: rednerso- A long-unused sobriquet for someone who was made to feel important by being given insignificant tasks.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous dalia said...

in italian, W is pronounced "doppiavu" which means "double v"...

i wonder if it has something to do with waaaaaaaay long time ago when mean wore skirts and helmets and stuff and Us were actually Vs - as in BVLGARI?

just wonderin'.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Guy, I did go to that wiki site. At first I was going to call you on the whole W as a vowel thing... never heard of such craziness! But then I thought... Hey. Wait. Could it be??? Sure enough. Makes me question my entire education. I don't even remember that from Sesame Street... and they should know!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Jaggy said...

I will never be able to think of a lowercase "q" the same way again. Thanks, Mr. Guy.

11:40 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, now I don't feel so bad when I screw up the language.

Dalia, it is a Romance language, so a Roman influence can not be denied.

Anon, you may have a graduate degree, but I went to Catholic school where we were taught the obscure.

Jaggy, I was talking about the upper case Q, but I guess that could go for the well endowed R as well

12:08 PM  
Blogger g said...

When I think of "W", I think of capitalism and how great our nation once was before its slow descent toward socialism.

As I wave and say "Miss me?"

6:53 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

g, when you make a comment such as this one I find us fortunate that you have resigned from ever entering politics again.

6:08 AM  
Blogger g said...

Thought I'd stir the pot a tad.

Think I'll go on an anti global warming spree.

9:37 AM  

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