Ninja, Neapolitan, Novelty; What do all of these words have in common, they all start with the letter N. We all know that N is the 14th letter in the alphabet but how much do you actually know about this magical nasally letter. I went to Fonts.com and learned much much more about this letter. For starters the letter N has always had a close association with water.
The Egyptians used the picture of a wavy line which meant the “N” sound. The Phoenicians used this sound around 3,000 years ago, it was nun which was pronounced Noon, this word meant fish. In the 10th century BC, Greece began incorporating letters from the Phoenician alphabet into their own alphabet. They used the initial sound in the Phoenician letter and the Phoenician “Nun” became the Greek “Nu”. The Greeks changed the letter shape slightly to become more sensible. The Romans over time have borrowed most things from the Greeks and the letter N is no different. Over time, stonecutters began to carve out letters using hammers and chisels. The length and overall shape of the letter changed into what it is today.
Story by William Euler
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