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Letter names

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  • Each letter of the English alphabet can be spelled as itself (e.g., a DJ or T-shirt) or it can be spelled out using its name (e.g., a deejay or tee-shirt). Vowels still stand for themselves, and while very rare, the plural of vowels are made by adding -es. In the capitalized form the plurals are made by either -s or -‘s (e.g., L’s or As).

    Spelling letters usually occurs in compound names or derivatives. These spellings are different than the phonetic alphabet used to distinguish similar sounding letters while speaking.

    We have included each letter with its name and plural below the list of examples. The United States uses zee, while other countries use zed.

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    Examples

    At the end of the rail line there was a wye that would get him and his hunting pals turned around and headed back to town. [Oxford American]

    We then cautiously entered a haunted el train that took us right into the heart of the haunt. [Chicago Now]

    The emcee kickstarts the event with a slogan in Chinese: “Critical Moment, Long-term Occupy!” [South China Morning Post]

    Borrowing from beauty pageants, the two emcees asked questions of the performers: What is the role of parents in ending restavek? [KPCW]

    Here’s David Gutnick’s documentary, That’s Cheezies with a Zed. [CBC]

     

     A

    aaes
     B beebees
     C ceecees
     D deedees
     E eees
     F ef (verbal eff)efs (effs)
     G geegees
     H aitchaitches
     Iiies
     Jjayjays
     Kkaykays
     Lel or ellels or ells
     M emems
     Nenens
     Oooes
     Ppeepees
     Qcuecues
     Rarars
     Sess (es as prefix)esses
     T tee tees
     Uuues
     Vveevees
     Wdouble-udouble-ues
     Xexexes
     Ywy or wyewyes
     Zzee or zedzees or zeds
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