I couldn't sleep the other night. And you know what questions were banging around my head? "Why did someone come up with a letter that was a double U, but looked like a double V? I mean, was there a huge ancient preponderance of words that included a UU or a VV in them somewhere that a new letter had to be invented?"
That is what I was thinking about while lying awake. I've never claimed to be the most exciting egg in the basket. So I did a little investigating thanks to the Wikipedia.
Some W fun facts:
- The earliest form of the letter W was a doubled V used in Old English around the 7th century. It wasn't very popular at first. Kind of the shy kid in the class. But after the Norman Conquest it took off. Something to do with William the Conqueror, perhaps?
- In Finland, they hate the letter W. They don't include it in their alphabet as they consider it to be a variant of the letter V. Snooty Finnish folks. The Danes and the Swedes both used to ignore the mighty W, but each recently officially acknowledged it as an official letter. Can you imagine a more boring legislative session? And yet here I blog about it. Go figure.
- It's the only letter in the English alphabet with more than one syllable.
- The abbreviation for World Wide Web actually has three times as many syllables as the phrase itself when spoken aloud. That shit is crazy, yo!
- The binary code for a capital W is 01010111 which, of course, translates to the ASCII code of 87. But you knew that.
- The representation in the NATO phonetic alphabet for W is Whiskey. Damn...I knew I liked this letter!
But honestly, the only real reason for this post was to inform you of a new film review over on the old MovieGrenade. Dudes...aliens and stuff were in it.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Did you really make it all the way through a post about the letter W? Wow! I'm impressed.