Skip to comments.Aussie restaurateur Paul Mathis invents new letter of the Alphabet
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.
Gee, if only we had ideographs for all our other words ... we’d be writing Chinese!
Guess so, if they could spell ampersand correctly
Whew, I’m so exhausted...
Really? Why not just have “DUMB ASS” tattooed on your forehead.
They did spell it correctly.
spelled twice. First time ampisand, second time ampersand.
What Ћ heck?
“Mathis has invested $38,000 into developing the symbol”
Wha?. Are you kidding me? 38K? wow.
It’s not a ‘new’ idea. really.
Ben Franklin wanted to change the alphabet to about 15 letters, with some letters standing for sounds......
Reread it. Ampisand was the actual letter/symbol. It was changed to ampersand as a means of simplifying the terms used.
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.
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.
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.
The English is getting FUBAR............
Sounds like a thorny situation, 2 me........
If word too hard, leave out.