Sunday, 4 September 2016

J (September)

The last letter of the alphabet is J. It entered English after being invented by Gian Giorgio Trissino in 1524.That year Luther and Karlstadt disputed in Jena, circa September. There it is, i with its tongue hanging about. The first English language book to distinguish between i and j was published in 1633. That’s the year George Herbert died, ever sensitive to tonal distinctions. The next letter of the alphabet will be some time coming. Yet, when we hear the consonantal variations of Global English, our current 26 strain to be equal to the task. Tongue clucks, lobs, hums, yet.

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