Thursday, November 6, 2014

AlphabeThursday - the Roman Letter Y

The Roman letter  Y symbolizes a fork in the road.  Geofry Tory, the official printer to King Francois I (in 1530) designed the letter Y with the idea of a person choosing his way: to the left a broad and easy road.  To the right, the complete opposite: a narrow path, one that brings honor and office. 

Something else I read about in my Letter Perfect book, by David Sacks. 

“Some 700 years after the Roman alphabet was created, 
the Romans added two more letters, which are our Y and Z.”


Do you wonder why they did that?  Let me tell you about 
the letter Y; I picked up on two reasons:

1)  Scribes decided to use a Y when writing, to break up the row of pen strokes 
that otherwise would have been the letter I and difficult to read.  That was thoughtful.
and  
2)  When Greek words started infiltrating into the Roman language, 
the letter Y was helpful when spelling words, such as system or symphony.



So, today is the day to think of all the ways you use the letter Y in your English words.  
Let’s see what other words start with the letter Y, over at AlphabeThursday!

4 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

Creative post for Y and most informative!

Wishing you the best in the day,
artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Gattina said...

Interesting to know ! Blogging enlarges your general knowledge, lol !

Claudia Schlottman said...

Very clever and informative post! Thanks.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Never knew that about the letter Y...thanks♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/zowie-pop-art/

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