Ostman: flaminio: There are still too many letters. C, Q, and X are obvious candidates for elimination -- each of those can be replaced by other letters (k & s for c; kw for q, z and ks for x).C is interesting. The alphabet came to us from the Greeks via the Etruscans and then the Romans (among others). The Greeks used the third letter for the g sound (gamma), which the Etruscans didn't have, so they used the letter for the k sound. When the Romans inherited it from them they did have a k sound and used the third letter for that.Then they needed a letter for the g sound so they took the shape of the existing c and just added line facing back into the curve, which is why a capital G looks sort of like a capital C. There's more to it than that but that's the jist of it./the more I learn about the alphabet, the more interesting it gets.//how would you spell "change" without a c?
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