Oh Vanna... pick me a letter

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    So I woke up the other day, and a strange thought popped in my mind.

    The U.S. Government has declared that we need to expand the alphabet and will be adding a new letter.
    The wheel of fortune was spun and you were chosen to:

    1. Design the letter. What does it look like?
    2. Name it. What is it called?
    3. Give it a pronunciation. What does it sound like?
    4. Assign it's classification. Do we need another vowel or consonant?



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    I agree. It's a strange thought :D
     
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    The French thought the same thing when they developed the Roman character alphabet for the Vietnamese language.
     
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    Actually I’ve noticed (particularly on NPR) that the letter H appears to be disappearing - much to my chagrin.
    I hate hearing “uman being”, etc.
     
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    I think Mexicans re-appropriated it because someone stole their J (as in "Julio").
     
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    The h fell out of fashion with yutes.
     
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    A lot of Ustonians have a problem, too here in Texas.


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    Everything starts with #3 on your list, which will answer #4.

    Or is the guvmint just yanking our collective chain by "creating" a new letter, then deciding how to use it?

    Can we bring back some discarded letters, which I can't type on my tablet (no "alt" button, and no "Insert Symbol" function). Look up Thorn, Yogh and Aleph, which look something like this.

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    Yeah, there's a list of 12 letters that 'never made the alphabet'.
    I wondered about other's original ideas.

    Also thought about a new number.....but man, that's a mind blower, and would pretty much ruin the entire math system if we tried to inject one anywhere between negative infinity and positive infinity ;)
     
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    1. It looks like a backward capital B
    2 It's called a "oool"
    3. It sounds like it's called
    4. It's a vowel and it replaces all the letters that make that sound "ool" "ul" and "ou'll" ...

    It has no capital version as it can't start a word or sentence. It can't be written in cursive. Now I have to go back and ask for a Government grant to conduct a study and hire a team of researchers and travel to exotic parts of the world and maybe get a second grant to actually complete the work and ....
     
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    I've asked people why 360 is the number of degrees in a circle. What if it was 720? They go nuts! It's even worse if I pick a number that is NOT a multiple or divisor of 360, like 400.

    "Don't you know math!?!"

    I say, "whoever came up with 360 didn't 'know' math, they invented it."

    I get treated like a Flat Earther in these conversations. But at least I'm not serious.
     
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    Maybe an upside down T only wider...... ___|___

    Call it a Lowing.
    It sounds like an airplane sound :p
    It's mostly a consonant, but it's a vowel every 100 hrs.
     
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    I thought there was already a new letter. ''Arra''. I heard that a lot when I was growing up.

    For example someone might say... ''I'm gonna to drink this arra C cola.''

    Except for some parts of the country where the letter R is not used in words with an R in it. For example, ''Let's get in the caa, and go to the baa for a beea.''

    No wonder people are learning Spanish....
     
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    Those parts of the country still use the letter R. They take it off the chai and put it on the sofer. :p
     
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    But a circle has already been divided into 400 equal measurements called gradians. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gradian
     

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    First time I heard that pronunciation was by Carl Sagan on the original Cosmos. "The yumans..." in that Cosmic Bullwinkle voice of his. I suspect it goes a lot further back than that, probably something regional. Sounds strange to these ears though...
     
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    Is the word tortilla adopted into English yet?

    The "double L" consonant in Spanish would be a likely one to adopted. Or we can spell it tortiya.

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