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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Well, well, well! We are already to W!


Wow, we are whizzing our way through the alphabet!  Welcome to another week on ABC Wednesday, the week of W, the double “u,” actually double “v,” letter.   Don’t be a worrywart!   No whining!  You do not have to be a wunderkind to join the weekly ABC meme.  Just walk on in and whisper or shout out your favorite word beginning with W, no matter how you say or spell it – double yew, dubya, ve.

The where, and why, and, of course, The Who are what you can write about when working with W words.  While away a wee minute or two, working your way through to a wise or witty but never wimpy contribution to ABC Wednesday   Did you have some winnings this weekend playing whist?  Maybe you have read Wuthering Heights?  When did you last enjoy a whiskey sour?  Were you watching the US Open golf tournament, all the while wishing you could golf as well as Rory McIlroy?   Do you love the Wookies of Star Wars?  Are you interested in World War I or World War II?   Of course, you can find something on the world wide web!

You can brainstorm and it is always worthwhile to wander through the dictionary.  Looking at words that begin with W in my American Heritage Dictionary, I was struck by the lack of words with a single “u” following the double “u.”   It made me wonder why.  There are a couple minerals, some rivers, a mountain range and cities from China and Germany and then just  four words – wunderkind, wurst,  wushu and wuss.  The first two are German in origin, wushu is a Chinese martial art, and wuss is modern slang whose origins were sometime in the 60’s or 70’s of the last century.  (an aside: doesn’t it sound weird to be talking about the last century?  For most of my life, it meant way long ago!)

So it was time for me to hit the web and check out another modern phenom, Wikipedia, and its submission for W.   It turns out that only central western European languages from Cornwall to Poland had words that used the “w” and beginning in the 7th and 8th centuries Old English and Old High German writers began to use the double “u” to represent the “w.”  For much more on the evolution of W,  please consult the OED  or Wikipedia

I am not just whistling Dixie here!  I am wishing you the wonders and wisdom of the world of W!Decorative Letter W



21 comments:

  1. Wonderful! What a beautifully drawn letter W!
    My story is of a wizard. No, not the one from Oz and not a Harry Potter one.I wish you a wonderful week!

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  2. I used to LOVE whiskey sours when I was in college. A lot, actually...

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  3. Hmmmmmmm now what did I like at college? Strange how I can't remember! lol! Fantastic intro Helen xx

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  4. My W post is up early this time. Its the 2nd day of our church day camp and we are all off and running.

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  5. I am looking forward to the whimsical, whacky, wondering, wandering, winning posts from all of you! Thank you!

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  6. Wow, I learned something you shared about double u.

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  7. This fine intro makes me miss my beloved American Heritage Dictionary that I left in America.

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  8. Great introductory post for W, you did a wonderful job with it!

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  9. Beautiful W!
    Today I´m little bit fooling you. Because I wanted to post this Wonderful clouds. In German this are Wolken! :)

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  10. Great introduction! We were wondering what we would want with W, when we went with wheels and women on a whim.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  11. Wonderful and witty introduction to W! I can't beat Kay for a response, though! :-D

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  12. my favorite line? "you weren't just whistling dixie" i love that saying LOL

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  13. I don't think I have ever had a whiskey sour(ROGER)! LoL!
    Fantastic intro, thank you very much.
    Happy Abc Wednesday dear friends.

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  14. One more W today. First was for german language, this one is now for english language :) LG Tina

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  15. Wonderful! Thank you for hosting :)

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  16. Thanks for complements and contributions, everyone. You are the whiz kids who keep ABC Wednesday always exciting.
    I think a whiskey sour was my first "hard" drink, Rog. Now I find them a little too sweet.

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  17. What a great W into - very clever!

    Happy Wednesday to all!

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  18. That is a great blog Helen - I don't think I have sampled a whiskey sour - perhaps it is time to try one! lovw your sign off W - Bye

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  19. WOWSER. Do you know what it means? :)

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  20. Interesting W you have shared today. thanks

    http://shydub-simplehappylife.blogspot.com/2011/06/abc-wednesday-w.html

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  21. Its my first time here. I loved the concept. Hope to share in future.
    Lovely reads.

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