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Learn Something New: The History of “W”

Last summer we had fun learning some new things. Did you remember what a contranym is or that you can make a grammatically correct sentence with just the word buffalo? Well, we have some more stimulating summer learning for you today. Ever wonder why the letter “w” is called “double-u” when it looks more like a double “v”? The video below does a thorough job explaining the origins of the letter “w”. And you’ll hear mention of Egyptians, Romans, and even Sequaoh, aligning with this coming year’s history track as well as last year’s. This video is totally kid-appropriate and will give those summer brains some exercise and enrichment.

The History of “W”

Fun “W” Fact:

Did you know that if you replace the “w” in what, where, and when with a “t” it turns the question into an answer? (i.e. What? That. Where? There. When? Then.) Isn’t the English language fascinating?


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