Fun Fridays – February 9, 2018

Did you know we lost 10 letters from the English alphabet?

Amaze your friends with today’s video. Better yet, write an entire sentence using these old letters and feel medieval and scholastic at the same time.

Here is my attempt:

In þe morniŋ ƿas þe æther around uƒ.


8 Responses to Fun Fridays – February 9, 2018

  1. Meg MacDonald February 9, 2018 at 7:03 am #

    This is GREAT! I’d not seen all of these before and rarely explained so well. Trouble is, videos like this often lead me down internet rabbit holes and keep me from… excuse me. I have to check something out. I’ll get back to writing in a few minutes. Honest.

  2. Vanessa Burton February 9, 2018 at 7:11 am #

    This is really neat!!! I wrote down the letters and tried to use them! It was harder than I thought! It’s amazing how languages are constantly churning into something different! It makes me think of the quote: “Every book you’ve ever read is only a different combination of the same 26 letters.” Mind blown. Thanks for the video! 😊Happy Friday!

  3. Mark Stevenson February 9, 2018 at 9:15 am #

    We’re you saying above: In þe morniŋ ƿas þe æther around uƒ. In the morning was the Asher around us? I loved this, thanks!

    • Steve Laube February 11, 2018 at 7:23 pm #


  4. Claire O'Sullivan aka Cindy February 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    Praise the Lord . . . because now I know you’ve got my typos down . . .


    & yes, I must share.


    P.S. I think Brit lit owns a few of these, which is why I giggle when every vowel in the alphabet is included in one word.

    • Steve Laube February 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

      Like “facetious.” And they are in alphabetical order too!

  5. Dr. Dean Ortner February 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    I read somewhere that there also used to be an added vowel to the list: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y.

    The early vowels included “W” and the word it came from was “crwth” and pronounced “Crewth.”

    I’m a personal friend of Jerry Jenkins as well as a former colleague (27 years). I wonder if he knew of this.

  6. Tisha Martin February 9, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

    This takes me back to the recent years of taking History of the English Language in grad school. We actually had quizzes on these old letters! Quizzes! And then at midterms and finals, we had to write essays about the origins of these letters. It was an education, for sure. 🙂 Thank you for sharing the video, Steve.

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