English used to look a lot different.
We used to use a lot of letters that no longer exist. They had names like eth, wynn, thorn, and ash. Ben, Kylie, and Daniel talk about what they looked like, how they sounded… and ampersand‘s secret past.
It’s all happening on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Homo naledi may have lived at around same time as early humans
Small-brained early human lived more recently than expected
12 Letters That Didn’t Make the Alphabet
We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet
The Lost Letters Of The Alphabet
Grammarphobia: An ædifying history
How is “æ” supposed to be pronounced?
Eth, thorn, and ash: they flunked the screen test for our alphabet
Why is ‘w’ pronounced ‘double u’ rather than ‘double v’?
If “w” is double u, why is it made of two v’s?
The Rules for Long S
Why does the ending -ough have six pronunciations?
What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?
Language Log: Priming the pump
Language Log: Priming the pump: a cartoon history
France just rejected the far right and elected Emmanuel Macron
10 things to know about NOTA — a voter’s right to reject
Trump to NBC’s Lester Holt: Comey’s ‘a showboat,’ ‘I was going to fire regardless of recommendation’
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The history of ransomware
Ware: “Simple Simon met a pieman…”
Rocky and Bullwinkle: Simple Simon
A 1987 reference to ransomware
Google Books link
4 Ways to Protect Against the Very Real Threat of Ransomware
RANSOMWARE: Hostage Rescue Manual (PDF)
Green’s Dictionary of Slang: cock
Wikipedia: Cockburn (surname)
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