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Aussie restaurateur Paul Mathis invents new letter of the Alphabet
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ ^ | 07-08-2009 | Staff

Posted on 07/09/2013 6:43:45 AM PDT by Red Badger

WOULDN'T it be easier if the word "the" was just simply a letter?

Well at least one person seems to think so.

Aussie restaurateur, Paul Mathis has invented a new letter of the alphabet to replace the word "the" because he thinks it is more efficient.

The letter looks like the Cyrillic letter 'Ћ'. If an upper case T and a lower case h were to have a typographic baby, this is what it would look like.

Mathis has invested $38,000 into developing the symbol which he would like to see added as a 27th letter of the alphabet.

"The word 'and' is only the fifth-most used word in English and it has its own symbol - the ampersand," Mathis told The Age. "Isn't it time we accorded the same respect to 'the'?"

And if you think that's crazy talk, it wouldn't actually be the first time the English alphabet had more than 26 letters.

The ampisand, short for "and" used to be an actual letter which came after the letter Z in the alphabet.

The symbol is a combination of the letters "et", which is Latin for "and".

People would distinguish the letter from the word and by putting the words "per se" in front of it.

For example, if you were reciting the alphabet you would end with "w, x, y, z and per se and".

Redundant? Yes. Confusing? Definitely. Which is why the term "ampersand" was often used to replace it.

Mathis says his new symbol will help "in the texting space" such as Twitter or texts.

But first he'll have to convince mobile phone developers and keyboard manufacturers to add a new key to their devices.

In the meantime you can download the app and get a keyboard with the new letter.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: the
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& so it goes...........
1 posted on 07/09/2013 6:43:45 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Gee, if only we had ideographs for all our other words ... we’d be writing Chinese!


2 posted on 07/09/2013 6:45:31 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Red Badger

Guess so, if they could spell ampersand correctly


3 posted on 07/09/2013 6:45:55 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger

the

Whew, I’m so exhausted...

Really? Why not just have “DUMB ASS” tattooed on your forehead.


4 posted on 07/09/2013 6:47:16 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Gaffer

They did spell it correctly.


5 posted on 07/09/2013 6:49:33 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: workerbee

spelled twice. First time ampisand, second time ampersand.


6 posted on 07/09/2013 6:50:28 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger
Two different spellings of "ampersand" in Ћ article.

What Ћ heck?

7 posted on 07/09/2013 6:50:41 AM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (Repeal Obama)
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To: Red Badger

“Mathis has invested $38,000 into developing the symbol”

Wha?. Are you kidding me? 38K? wow.


8 posted on 07/09/2013 6:51:46 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: DoughtyOne; Gaffer; coloradan

It’s not a ‘new’ idea. really.

Ben Franklin wanted to change the alphabet to about 15 letters, with some letters standing for sounds......


9 posted on 07/09/2013 6:51:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Gaffer

Reread it. Ampisand was the actual letter/symbol. It was changed to ampersand as a means of simplifying the terms used.


10 posted on 07/09/2013 6:52:10 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: AZ .44 MAG
WЋF?..............
11 posted on 07/09/2013 6:52:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

We need to save time by condensing a three letter word to one, but then we have to add “per se” in front of it. Got it.


12 posted on 07/09/2013 6:52:49 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Red Badger
Time to dust off the Decabet
13 posted on 07/09/2013 6:55:21 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Red Badger
He didn't actually invent this concept, he's just resurrecting it from Middle English.
14 posted on 07/09/2013 6:56:05 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Red Badger

Well see, there you go... :^)

I think the language is well enough established we don’t need to go this route.

What with twitter and texting, it’s already taking a massive hit.


15 posted on 07/09/2013 6:57:23 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Red Badger
He reminds me of Conrad Cornelius O'Donald O'Dell, in Dr. Seuss's On Beyond Zebra, who said, "most people stop with the "Z," but not me.
16 posted on 07/09/2013 6:58:39 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Red Badger

Just bring back the thorn (TH combination) that we lost when English printers bought European presses missing the symbol. You know the signs that say “Ye olde whatever?” The “Ye” was actually “[Thorn]e”, the Y was the closest symbol to what thorn looked like.


17 posted on 07/09/2013 7:00:34 AM PDT by JenB
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To: DoughtyOne

The English is getting FUBAR............


18 posted on 07/09/2013 7:00:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: JenB

Sounds like a thorny situation, 2 me........


19 posted on 07/09/2013 7:01:49 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

If word too hard, leave out.


20 posted on 07/09/2013 7:02:19 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

We could all just go back to Hebrew and Aramean. Leave out the vowels and just use the consonants.

Wheel of Fortune would nvr b th sm..............


21 posted on 07/09/2013 7:03:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: workerbee

Yeah...I know....I guess we’ll all then just have to settle for other “they changed it” stuff...like ‘conversate’ for ‘conversation or conversed’ or ‘preventative’ for ‘preventive’ or ‘commentated’ for ‘commented’...and on and on and on.

Next thing I expect is all forms of the verb ‘be’ are “changed” to just the root -’be’.....it is the lazy solution to the least common ‘everyman speak’.

If you want to see modern language laziness taken to the absurd extreme, watch that dipsh!t Tom Hanks in “Cloud Atlas.”


22 posted on 07/09/2013 7:06:37 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger

Too late. Within a couple of decades texting will reduce the English language to about ten symbols.


23 posted on 07/09/2013 7:06:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

South Park....good episode.


24 posted on 07/09/2013 7:07:12 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger

IMHO, LOL.


25 posted on 07/09/2013 7:07:54 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Red Badger

It makes you wonder if twenty years from now anyone will be able to actually sit down and write a meaningful letter.


26 posted on 07/09/2013 7:09:47 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: Red Badger

The * symbol needs to represent the word a-hole, but I’m not spending $38K to make it happen.


27 posted on 07/09/2013 7:10:45 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Red Badger

I invented the question mark.


28 posted on 07/09/2013 7:13:34 AM PDT by SIDENET
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To: Red Badger

But then how will we spell ‘teh’?


29 posted on 07/09/2013 7:13:42 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Red Badger

"It's a Ћ"

30 posted on 07/09/2013 7:16:35 AM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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31 posted on 07/09/2013 7:17:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Kirkwood

So, you are a cheap *?..............


32 posted on 07/09/2013 7:18:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Because there will be about ten acceptable thoughts.
*^ = I love Big Barack.


33 posted on 07/09/2013 7:18:48 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SIDENET

34 posted on 07/09/2013 7:19:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: DoughtyOne

I think THAT now!............


35 posted on 07/09/2013 7:20:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

And you’re probably right when it comes to twenty somethings, perhaps even 30 somethings.


36 posted on 07/09/2013 7:23:20 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: NonValueAdded

I knew someone was going to mention that!


37 posted on 07/09/2013 7:25:08 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: Red Badger
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38 posted on 07/09/2013 7:25:42 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Red Badger
Sounds almost like the lyrics to Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict
39 posted on 07/09/2013 7:32:08 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Red Badger

How ironic, given how badly the Aussies mangle the beauty of the English language.


40 posted on 07/09/2013 7:36:09 AM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: katana

It’s The Prologue to Canterbury Tales, written in English................OLDE ENGLISH.............


41 posted on 07/09/2013 7:38:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: JenB
I could see a new letter for the ‘th’ dipthong. But the list for each unique sound is enormous. And there are plenty of sounds that are used in other languages and missing in English. One of those sounds is the real sound of ‘f’ in the Japanese pronounciation of Fuji (I can't pronounce it, revenge for our 'l', LOL).

So I say we have enough letters as it is, government schools have enough trouble teaching just those.

42 posted on 07/09/2013 7:39:08 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: DoughtyOne

With Hip-Hop and Gangsta words infiltrating the vernacular, I can’t understand a lot of what is spoken today.........8^(


43 posted on 07/09/2013 7:39:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: RadiationRomeo
dipthong = dipЋong
44 posted on 07/09/2013 7:43:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

I agree. And it’s not really the hip-hop culture that bothers me half as much as the main-stream media’s adoption of the whole thing like it’s a good addition to our society.


45 posted on 07/09/2013 7:44:11 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Breaking News: Hillary not running in 2016. Brain tumor found during recent colonoscopy...)
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To: RadiationRomeo
(I can't pronounce it, revenge for our 'l', LOL).

ROR!........RAFF OUT ROUD!..........

46 posted on 07/09/2013 7:44:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: the scotsman

During WWII, the Brits and the Americans had a difficult time communicating even simple things, prompting Churchill to remark, “Two great nations separated by a common language.....”


47 posted on 07/09/2013 7:47:02 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

Figured it was something along those lines. Undoubtedly old Germanic (Angle and Saxon) in origin, when spoken with a sort of Scots burr it was quite a lovely sounding language.


48 posted on 07/09/2013 8:24:27 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Red Badger

Exactly.


49 posted on 07/09/2013 8:27:27 AM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (Repeal Obama)
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To: Red Badger
Dr. Seuss did a book about the letters after Z in the alphabet, decades ago.

The Emperor Claudius invented three new letters of the alphabet. The Romans used them until Claudius died.

50 posted on 07/09/2013 8:46:10 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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