Guest Post :The Letter" W " By Sahana Rao

Sahana’s blog,  Ahamkaara is one of its kind. She writes about instances which happen in our everyday life in a very engaging manner. Anyone reading her blog will be able to relate to what she writes. Among other things,I like the way she sticks to conveying simple thoughts, in a beautiful way. I admire the way she plays with words and her ability to connect with the numerous fellow bloggers who follow her blog. She is one of the best bloggers in Blogosphere and one of my favourtie Bloggers.  Thank you Sahana for writing me a guest post. I’m honored! 

 The 23rd letter of the English alphabet. Yes. The letter I do not like to see. A Plagiarist. A Copy-cat. Letter sans individuality. A Parasite.  Oh.. Am I calling names? Wait. Wait. Let me explain..
Now, go back to your phonetics and voice out “W”. Loudly. Now, again. Loudly and Slowly. Did you say “double-u”? Supporters of W, try not using “Letter U” for voicing out “W”. Does it have a unique sound? No. It does not. Let us come back to this later.

Let us analyze, how do people write “W”, They write 2 ‘u’s or 2 ‘v’s together like conjoint twins.  it also depends on ‘Letter V’ for its survival? And talk of calling this letter out, DA-BAL-U Ufff! It takes 3 syllables! While all other letters in the alphabet take just one. Can anyone explain why we have given this special status to one letter?
Coming back to the phonetics, check out some words. We will now see if “W” can STAND ALONE
Who?  —-  Hu? (Bu.haw.haw. Now it needs “Letter H” also)
Went   —- Vent?
Dew     —- Due
Wrinkles  — rinkles (Phew! DEAD…)
But, there are minority appeasers everywhere.
So, they reserved W for an important chemical element called Tungsten (where have you heard of this metal’s name? Did the BULB on your head glow?) also known as wolfram. So, it occupies the famous periodic table also.
And then, they wanted people to think that “W” has bound the world to make it a global village. They were so desperate to do that, they made us write “w” 3 bloody times when we write a URL (imposition?)
Woman, War, Work, Wine – Crucial driving factors of the cycle of life and death in the planet from time immemorial. Still we chose to give them to an underserving “W”, which is nothing but a pretender with no originality of its own. And arguably, the most important word in all of our lives “we” although pronounced V, was still given away to W. “V” did get a raw deal here.
I here by conclude the argument, that the english vorld should consider jettisoning the obsolete, vasteful letter “uu” and stop it from recking our lives by vilfully reaking havoc. And provide relief and compensation to other affected but more deserving letters of the alphabet.

55 thoughts on “Guest Post :The Letter" W " By Sahana Rao

  1. @Binu Thomas: LOL! I am glad I could do something different. And Ashwini.. You gotta think about this 😛

    ♪♪Happy Go Lucky♪♪
    Yappy that u enjoyed the post. Thanks a lot commenting 🙂


  2. @ Sahana
    You have done a lot of background study for this, I guess 🙂 Vonderfully ritten.

    @Sahana and Binu
    And as for as my name is concerned..hmm.err..Lets see 😛


  3. I never cared about it either..!! Nice post..
    May be “w” was an underdog in the past for the reasons you mentioned and some one cleverly made it crucial.. 🙂
    They thought no one would discover.. But u evaded them.. Good work Sahana..!!


  4. i am enlightened! seriously, i never gave “w” (or other alphabet for that matter) much thought even during my phonetics class in college & here's an entire post on just one letter! awesome.
    the references you brought in for your case – superb. such keen observtions


  5. Wonderfully Written.A Winsome display of Word play to Weed out W from its pedestal in the Wonderland of English alphabets. W is no weird or wacko thing as Sahana makes it out to be.Rather young things Woo only with W, Wise men give their Wisdom that has a W and Wholesome food is What we are ever after.The holy Water, the dainty Women and the mighty World take pride in W.
    Attempts at ousting W is Worse than tilting at Windmill.


  6. Interesting observations and writing Sahana! Just like “aaDu muttada soppilla”, very soon you will prove “Sahana bareyada vishayavilla”!
    One more point you can note that, it is only 'W' that relies on someone else's identity when kept upside down! That is 'M'. Well, we can say the other way round also. Interestingly only these two alphabets have this 'jugalbandi'. We can derive something from this…'M'an and 'W'oman are complementary and make this nature/world complete…the Prakruthi-purusha aspect…blah blah blah ;-)))


  7. @maithili: LOL LOL! Double loo? Probably W deserves only that 😀 You did word play when you were in nursery? Nice 🙂

    @Writing Bee: HA HA! LOL! Thanks a lot 🙂 You made me smile.


  8. @Sujatha Sathya: Am so glad you like it Sujatha. There is one more point to add. Check out Sharada's comment 😀 So much to tell in this world. So much to learn. We discover – uncover languages 🙂


  9. Sahana – Vonderful vay to express the use of 'double u' :-).. One thing that flashes my mind is a dialogue of 3 idiots, “Its Wangdu, 'double u, double u” 😀 ..

    Ashwini – A unique idea of asking other blogger to write a guest post in your blog. Liked a lot and looking for more..


  10. Very nice post, Sahana! I have heard people pronounce it “dubyu” here in the U.S., they don't even say the “double”! I was smiling as I read the post. I still remember when my American nephew and niece educated me about the difference in pronunciation when a word begins with a V versus W. I was raised to pronounce both in the same manner, however, apparently I was mistaken. You should check out the difference!



  11. OMG!!! This is fab. Never knew some1 could write a blog post on an alphabet.
    And you my dear “W”. From 15th century Valentin Ickelsamer to the 21st century Sahana Rao, everybody seem to hate you. what will be your fate?


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