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.
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!