Letter Names

What fascinates me about the names of letters is that some of them can’t have a name, unless it’s spelled without the actual letter in it. Why do you suppose we have letters like that? It could be that they’re superfluous letters. We use those for spelling words all fancy and extravagant, like an arabesque woodwork on a door, or a lattice frame for a vine.

I do feel sorry for anyone learning the English language. They can’t have an easy time of it. We don’t do much correction, and haven’t done much over the years. We add words all the time, which can be confusing to even native speakers. We combine words from other languages. We mix languages in and then we mix them all together, so we don’t even remember the origin of the words we use, or the original meaning.

My list below is not the final word on the subject of letter names though. If you want to spell them the difficult way like me, you can think up your own letter names. If you would rather keep it simple, you can just write them as a capital, like so: A, B, C…; and then when you want to suggest more than one in your writing, like so: As, Bs, Cs…and so on. The following is how I would spell the names of letters in English:

Ay

Bee

See

Dee

Eeee!

Eff

Jee

Aitch

Eye

Jay

Kay

Ell

Em

En

Oh

Pee

Kyew

Arr

Ess

Tee

You

Vee

Double You

Ex

Why

Zee

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, five screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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