English is an interesting and incestuous mangling of stuff. I sometimes think about
W and it is a pretty interesting letter with much mystery and intrigue.
In French, oui begins with a
Wsound, yet the word contains no consonant. So firstly: how can
Wbe a consonant? Its formation in the mouth is more like that of a vowel.
From Latin roots, there are words with double-
continuum, etc. Yet, these are distinct from the
continwmare definitely not a thing. To this point, doubling other vowels (e.g.
a --> aadoes not generally speaking make them into consonants.)
In German, the
Wis more like our
V, and is indeed has a consonant sound to it.
- When and how did
- Why are
Wsuch a collective and cross-bred mess in English?
- Why do we not use
Was a literal double-
- From a typographic standpoint, why has the
Wbeen rendered as two
vs and not two