Prepare to find out that your most basic concept of reading is a lie! Well, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the video below details the ten letters that have been dropped from the English alphabet. Do you know when to use a long s rather than a regular s? How about whether to use thorn or eth? You’ll find out these rules, along with how to use ash, ethel, wynn, yogh, and a few others.
Knowing this is seriously going to mess up being able to sing the alphabet song to the same tune as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.
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I am surprised we have 26 letters, after all we only have ten fingers and ten toes!
You can see evidence of thorn (“ye” = “the”) and yogh (in Scottish names like Menzies, “correctly” pronounced Mingis, and Dalziel, pronounced “Dee-yell” – both originally spelled with yogh, replaced with “z” with the arrival of printing). David Crystal has some interesting discussion of these lost letters in Spell It Out