Notes about alphabet

September 27, 2010 permalink

The accent of elision

Probably one of the very worst things about the English writing system (and it has a huge long list of bad things about it) is that it very clearly employs 27 letters in the spelling of words but there is a huge and long-standing conspiracy to market it as having only 26. Insane, but that’s what English has done.

From an appropriately enigmatic post on Language Log regarding our forgotten letter.