Jun 7 • 31M

The Haphazard History of C

How did Etruscan, a language that has been dead for 2,000 years, give rise to the third letter of our alphabet?

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John McWhorter breaks down the letter C.

The letters C and K can both represent what we might call a Hard C — as in Cosmo Kramer or Calvin Klein. Not to mention Q, which usually indicates that same sound. Why does the English alphabet have this confusing redundancy? John explains.