How many words can you get before you run out of time? This page is part of Interesting Things for ESL Students. The Roman alphabet itself originated from the Letters in american alphabet alphabet, which originated from the Greek alphabet. The Greek alphabet is a modified version of the Phoenician alphabet.
Gabbana, was once the 27th letter of the alphabet. Its invention dates to the first century. The character was introduced into the English alphabet in the 19th century. Can you think of an English word with a letter q not followed by a letter u?
While English language contains some words like that—qibla, niqab, qigong, qawwali—they all derive directly from other languages. Before the Normans invaded England in 1066, there was no letter q in the English language. W is the only letter in the alphabet with a polysyllabic name. It is also the only letter whose name in no way tells how it is phonetically used.