Yes, you read it right.
At 26 letters long, the English alphabet isn’t the most complicated string of symbols and characters to master, even for a five-year-old.
You know the alphabet. It’s one of the first things you’re taught in school. But did you know that they’re not teaching you all of the alphabets? There are quite a few letters we tossed aside as our language grew, and you probably never even knew they existed. Only 1 in 10 people know about the origin of the English language.
A YouTube video has recently gone viral on the Internet. The video reveals that — centuries ago, 10 letters were dropped from the English alphabet, bringing its strength down to 26 from 36.
The YouTube video uploaded by Austin McConnell enlightens us, the ampersand symbol (&) used to be included at the end of our alphabet (as a shortened version of the word and), and the “y” in signs like “Ye Ol’ Tavern” was derived from another long-dead symbol that represented the “th” sound. It turns out, we all sound kind of stupid pronouncing it “yee old.”
The video has already generated 650,094 views on YouTube and is getting flooded with multiple comments. While one user wrote, What a beautiful video! It must have taken hours and hours to make. Really high quality, interesting stuff. Love it, another user wrote, I like the ampersand, but I don't know how to write it. Which end do you start with? I try it both ways, and they both produce plausible results. Any suggestions?
Watch the amazing video here: