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The Curious Chronicle of the Letter C

letter c, handwriting

The English language is infamously difficult in part because its spelling befuddles even native speakers as letters take on different sounds depending on what letters surround it. Few letters exemplify this trouble more than the third letter of the English alphabet: C. Think about these words: cease, coin, chic, indict, and discrepancy. In this string of terms, C sounds like S, K, Sh, and in one case it’s silent. Even within one word this letter doesn’t always maintain the same sound. Due in part to this phonetic flexibility, C is the 13th most frequently used letter in the alphabet.

Where did this adaptable letter come from? Like the letter G, C emerged from the Phoenician letter gimel (centuries later, gimel became the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet). In ancient Rome, as the Latin alphabet was being adapted from the Greek and Etruscan alphabets, G and C became disambiguated by adding a bar to the bottom end of the C. When Latin entered the British Isles, C was ripe for many interpretations and was imbued with the sounds of Old English, Welsh, and other Celtic languages. As loanwords like clique flowed into English from Norman French, the uses of the letter further expanded.

The fickle nature of this letter did not please everyone. As American English grew in the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin campaigned to remove C from the alphabet altogether, though his efforts did not gain much traction.

Today, the letter C is commonly used as an abbreviation for the temperature scale Celsius and to stand for the word “century.” It is also the name of a computer programming language, C, developed by AT&T Bell Labs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This language is so named because it was based on a language called B (derived from BCPL, Basic Combined Programming Language), and C comes after B.

Stay tuned for our next installment in our history of the English alphabet.

153 Comments

  1. Joy -  November 7, 2016 - 7:21 am

    We need neither c, q, nor x. However, for those who object that replacing “q” with “kw” and “x” with “ks” in their most common roles, we could write more efficiently still if we borrowed from the Cyrillic alphabet which has characters for “ch”, “sh”, and “ts”. It also has two versions of each of the five vowels. Their “hard” and “soft” versions don’t correspond to our long and short versions, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t invent our own symbols. :-;-)

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  2. Keith M Bender -  August 8, 2016 - 6:13 pm

    J was invented around the writing of the King James Bible. Otherwise it would have been the King Iames version. Iam King…..early 17th C.

    L is the letter for GOAD ,the Shepherds Staff with the crook, The Pharoah’s Goad seen in many depictions. The name Pharoah is contemporary with the Phoenician OX HOUSE. Used more in our memory to correct Animals to maintain Control ….the GOAD (L) indicated Control. Supreme control in the case of Pharoahs. They were the GOADS the People followed.

    The comparison is quickly understood when the Christ (annointed) is depicted as the Good Shepherd with his Goad in his hand. Without the Shepherds Staff (Goad) the Shepherd would not be recognized.

    So, to Love someone is to submit to their Will. Here we can see how quickly the Union of marriage can become a possession to control .
    It would certainly support the notion that the High Priest possessed
    and controlled the Populace.

    the pronunciation of the “letter” H must be brought into this mixing bowl that C springs from. H sounded out like Buch or as Loch Ness. It was a K sound…cutting kutting Hutting.. Heath Ledger or Keith Ledger.

    Ca uh KaRist .So the C softens the last half of the H sound to an h sound. CHRI could be spelled HRI and how Hari Krishna pronounces CHARI CHRISHNA (Christ Christian)……………

    PHAROAHS sounds out Fair Oaks FAR AWKS if two sylables.

    A was prounounced AWKs (like H AWKS) and evolved as OX/
    AWKS and OX were both Effective ones need to do their Jobs. To Plough the Fields or make decisions that effected the COMMONS.
    Kamun ,Hamun, Amun, Amens…make it so!! I hold the GOAD .

    Elohim To El with it.

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  3. GingerSnapsIsBack -  October 16, 2015 - 6:24 am

    Does anyone know if Dr. Seus made any correlations to this in his book ‘On and Beyond Zebra’?
    He was a really smart guy and there was a lot of hidden depth and meaning in his books but im sill trying to find out about that one.

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  4. Rob -  March 3, 2015 - 1:20 pm

    “Due in part to this phonetic flexibility, C is the 13th most frequently used letter in the alphabet.” (end 1st para)

    Otherwise it would be relegated to #14.

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  5. superfluous -  February 23, 2015 - 3:14 pm

    How does the letter c make English complicated to learn? Spanish and Italian use the letter C and exclude the use of K and they’re often considered among the easiest languages to learn…

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  6. CookieMonster -  February 6, 2015 - 4:13 pm

    C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me!

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  7. .... -  February 5, 2015 - 12:51 pm

    Jesus is lord…..(if you disagree its ok, butdont say I did not warn you)!

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    • Atheist Representer -  February 7, 2015 - 10:38 am

      I disagree very much.

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    • Jack -  September 4, 2015 - 6:45 pm

      Please tell me more about this Jesus, and how he acquired such grand title.

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  8. Martin -  February 5, 2015 - 2:31 am

    At one point in the Latin alphabet, the letter C represented the sound for S.
    Check it out. C is S in Cyrillic alphabets.

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    • lakshmi -  February 5, 2015 - 10:19 pm

      only c alone is not spell as S, but ‘cy’

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  9. Christa -  February 4, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    How did a letter become a word?
    C-see,sea
    B-be,bee
    I-eye
    L-el
    R-are,our
    T-tee,tea
    U-you
    Y-why
    Probably more I didn’t think of. Seriously how did this happen??? I have NO idea!

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    • interesting :) -  February 6, 2015 - 1:21 pm

      Me neither.

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    • eOtter -  February 7, 2015 - 4:17 pm

      I think you’re C-ing it backwards. As long as letters have existed, we’ve always assigned complete names to them. We use shorter words than say the Greeks, e.g. alpha, beta, gamma, delta, etc., but we voice entire word sounds none the less, e.g. “ay”, “bee”, “see”, “dee”, and so on. It’s no bigger coincidence than any other set of homophones. Flour and flower have identical pronunciations with completely different spellings and definitions because they entered the lexicon via different routes at separate points in the language’s development.

      But just for fun, you missed bea, gee, aye, oh, pea, pee, queue, ewe and ex. I probably missed a bunch too. Yay, letters are fun. You should check out the books “C D B!” and “C D C?” (See the Bee! and See the Sea?) by William Steig.

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      • jim -  March 22, 2015 - 12:23 am

        “Flour and flower have identical pronunciations”

        Nonsense! flower has 2 syllables, flour 1

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  10. Martha Allison -  February 3, 2015 - 12:23 pm

    Actually, I prefer the Metric Alphabet, introduced in the 1970s by Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live. Check it out!

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  11. Ayo Adediji -  February 1, 2015 - 9:24 am

    This is amazing collections of information about letter C. What do you know! Thanks for this knowledge enhancing information. I will certainly pass it on to like-minded individuals.

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    • Michael Spilka -  February 5, 2015 - 5:17 am

      That’s funny.I live on “C” Street.

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  12. myself -  January 30, 2015 - 11:36 pm

    Benjamin Franklin’s proposed alphabet is absolutely absurd. “C” has a unique sound in “ch” and anyways why write a “k” or an “s” when C is literally twice as quick to write and makes the same sound O_o. J is necessary because gust =/= just, I mean was he serious??? Hmm… “q” is kind of useless in the English alphabet (but not necessarily other alphabets). The letter “W” makes a unique sound (in the English alphabet that is), I mean how else are you going to spell “window”, uuindouu lol no thanks. X admittedly is more of an abbreviation letter than an actually useful letter, but why write out “cs” or “ks” when you can just write “x” and have the same sound just much quicker to write. Y is a completely useful letter, how else do you spell “you” or “yam”. Benjamin Franklin may have been a great founding father, but he certainly isn’t a linguistic specialist…

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    • Ibby -  February 5, 2015 - 7:32 am

      How about C becomes ‘sh’, Q becomes ‘ch’, X becomes ‘th’, and then you need one more for the ‘dh’ (that this those). Perhaps a W, since U is nearly the same thing, and ‘myself’: the French use U in place of W successfully.
      Actually how about a Y in place of ‘dh’? (used to be ya know) Then we can drop W altogether.

      Ue uill haf to xink about yat…

      And as to the strange religious discussion, Did you all know that English originally HAD all tthose missing letters in it?? They were mostly from the Runic alphabet of the Celts, and one day the Roman Catholic church decided that those letters were Ungodly and should be expelled from the language EVEN THOUGH THEY STILL USED THE SOUNDS!!!

      I am not dissing Christians btw, just that particular one. I am pretty religious myself.

      Speaking of Turkey Kengli, You want to know how to make an efficient alphabet (while still adhering to latinized script)
      Ask the Turks. A few decades ago, their leader decided he HATES their arabic-based alphabet, and wanted Turkey to have a Latinized alphabet so he corresponded EVERY Turkish sound into a Westernized letter.

      Now THAT is a weird guy. Ugh and them would totally love that guy. He is like the anti religious version of the idiot Pope mentioned earlier!!

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      • Robert B -  February 5, 2015 - 2:09 pm

        The printing press got rid of the thorn and chi. The latter was used by Catholic monks as shorthand for Christ as in Xmas.

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    • eOtter -  February 7, 2015 - 4:30 pm

      Why use “ks” instead of “x”? For the same reason we don’t add an extra letter for any other two letter combination. There would be hundreds. That’s the sort of thinking that brought about the Chinese alphabet. Okay, I know that’s not actually how Chinese is written, but you get what I’m saying.

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      • myself -  February 20, 2015 - 8:55 pm

        I know we obviously don’t have a letter for every combination, but since we already have a letter for the “ks”/”cs” combination we might as well resume using it.

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  13. DonH -  January 29, 2015 - 6:14 am

    The interesting thing about faith is that it turns the unknowable into the irrefutable. Since the object of faith is truly unknowable, I give a lot of respect to what others believe, as long as they don’t want my head if I believe differently than they.

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  14. aims -  January 28, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Jesus is not God. Are you stupid? And the bible is fake so many people changed it, idiots. Thank God I’m not christian

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    • Derp (you) -  February 2, 2015 - 6:39 pm

      hey, dont be rude to there beliefs (im catholic)

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      • eOtter -  February 7, 2015 - 4:38 pm

        Stop feeding the trolls, people!

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        • GingerSnapsIsBack -  October 16, 2015 - 6:34 am

          no kidding eh!

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        • GingerSnapsIsBack -  October 16, 2015 - 6:42 am

          hahaha! someone needed to say it lolol… too bad the people handing out the food are people who do not understand what you have said!

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    • mee -  February 3, 2015 - 4:45 am

      well dang

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    • mike -  February 3, 2015 - 11:40 am

      finally someone with common sense

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    • a cristain -  February 3, 2015 - 1:21 pm

      i hate you

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      • THomas -  February 5, 2015 - 4:51 pm

        cyberbully

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      • Emma -  February 6, 2015 - 1:36 pm

        Yup

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    • Rosa -  February 3, 2015 - 3:40 pm

      Please do not use prerogative names or insults, you are totally right to have your views and believes, nevertheless don’t call me idiot because I deferred from your ideas.
      Thank You and Have a Bless Day!!

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      • Rosa -  February 3, 2015 - 3:47 pm

        Sorry had a typo,,,,Please do not use derogative names or insults, you are totally right to have your views and believes, nevertheless don’t call me idiot because I deferred from your ideas.
        Thank You and Have a Bless Day!!

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        • Jeree -  March 8, 2015 - 3:48 pm

          You mean:

          “Thank you and have a blessed day!!”

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    • Cloe -  February 4, 2015 - 11:07 am

      Whatever

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    • Random person -  February 4, 2015 - 1:36 pm

      Hey, it’s your opinion. You don’t have to be mean about the Bible.
      This is a great article, I learned a lot.

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    • ken -  February 4, 2015 - 1:43 pm

      If the bible is fake why do you “Thank God”? Sounds to me like you don’t believe in god. however you still give thanks to the idea of God whom does not exist per you?

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      • eOtter -  February 7, 2015 - 4:43 pm

        I’m pretty sure that was purposefully ironic. Don’t feed the trolls.

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    • emma -  February 4, 2015 - 7:35 pm

      Whaa?

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      • emma -  February 4, 2015 - 7:36 pm

        whad’ya mean? (aims)

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    • THomas -  February 5, 2015 - 4:52 pm

      woooww mmmm grooss

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    • Emma -  February 6, 2015 - 1:37 pm

      Aims, mind ur own business!!!!

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    • Christian -  February 8, 2015 - 5:49 am

      You have a few things to worry about coming up on judgement day.

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  15. Johanna-Hypatia -  January 27, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    Indonesian and Malay have the right idea: Where the sound is k, they write k, and where the sound is s, they write s. When the sound is like the ch in church, they don’t need the h. Because c isn’t used for anything else, just “c” by itself is sufficient to represent that sound; e.g., cucu ‘grandchild’ sounds like choo-choo (not koo-koo). So the letter c isn’t completely superfluous after all.

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  16. Peter L -  January 27, 2015 - 8:10 pm

    I agree with Ben Franklin. Why do we need the c? We kan use k and s and klarify the spelling, making it easier for people from other kountries to desipher our spelling.

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    • carlos -  January 28, 2015 - 10:26 pm

      if thats the kase then y wood u uz ‘ph’ to maek the ‘f’ sound, y not just uz the ‘f’ itself? totally see your point, makes sense.

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    • Anna -  January 29, 2015 - 8:50 pm

      Yes, I agree, c is basically a “copying letter”. Ben Franklin was an amazing philosopher, “a penny saved is a penny earned” etc. But, Ben Franklin also had some bad ideas like daylight savings and having the turkey as our national bird.

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    • myself -  January 30, 2015 - 11:45 pm

      Is your chin the same thing as your shin? That’s why we need C, for ch (at the very least anyways -_-)

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    • jack -  January 31, 2015 - 9:47 am

      u meen desifer, dont u

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      • jack -  January 31, 2015 - 9:48 am

        sorry, some how my reply ended up in your comment

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  17. Nate -  January 27, 2015 - 3:58 am

    Franklin Rules!!!!!

    I’ve hated ‘C’ for the same reason since I was a teenager.

    and BTW: death to ‘X’ !!!!

    and I wouldn’t even miss ‘Q’.

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    • Tor G. Syvertsen -  January 30, 2015 - 9:12 am

      Based on Franklins utility principles:
      Get rid of every letter of little use, and give room for a new letter: triple-V.
      WWW is the only abbreviation with more syllables than what it abbreviates (World Wide Web)

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      • ekatboy -  February 4, 2015 - 12:29 pm

        what about WW1 and WW2?

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    • Wesley Willis -  January 31, 2015 - 8:23 am

      Me too, but i am still only 12 and i have had your exact thoughts before about Q, X and C

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    • Cloe -  February 4, 2015 - 11:09 am

      You should love your alphabet

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  18. NeonJenna -  January 26, 2015 - 7:14 pm

    So I’m not the only one who thinks the letter C should be banned from the alphabet; Benjamin Franklin thought so too!

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  19. Karen -  January 26, 2015 - 3:48 pm

    I honestly think Franklin is onto something. The letter C should be cast out because we already have k, s and the sh sound in our alphabet. I also think things like sh, ch etc. should have their own letter. Just my opinion :-D

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    • Calvin C. Carter -  January 29, 2015 - 6:13 pm

      Only one problem, with getting rid of the letter C– In the english encyclopedia the letter C was the only letter that had 2 volumes!! In other words, of all the letters more things start with C. We would have to rename many entries. Perhaps, I may be a little bias however: since all 3 of my names start with C. lol

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      • myself -  January 30, 2015 - 11:48 pm

        Actually there’s a second problem considering ch is an entirely different sound from sh. For example chin =/= shin, therefore we can’t completely abolish it from the alphabet. And anyways C > K/S just my opinion :)

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        • Ugh -  February 4, 2015 - 1:41 pm

          personally speaking, c is pretty much a useless letter. it mimics the sound that the letters s and k represent.
          for those who dont know, ch is pretty useless too.

          cancer can be spelled kanser.

          now as for ch

          chin is not shin, agreed. but thats because in this case, ch is not representing the unvoiced palatal fricative sound we know as sh, but rather, a unvoiced dental, followed by an unvoiced palatal fricative sound.

          in conclusion:
          not chin, nor shin, but tshin
          not cheese, nor sheese, but tsheese
          not chest, nor shest, but tshest

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          • myself -  February 20, 2015 - 9:01 pm

            Yeah but when they’re spelled like “tsheese” “tshurtsh” and “tshin” they look really stupid? Also Cancer would have to be spelled “Kantser” because in this case the second “c” makes the /ts/ sound. Kanser would be pronounced can-zur.

          • a person -  June 12, 2015 - 8:54 am

            using “tsh” isn’t a cure all. NighTSHade =/= NighCHade. and yes, nightshade is one word, seeing as how i don’t get a red squiggly bar underneath it as i’m typing. therefore it is way more efficient to use ch.

          • David -  October 16, 2015 - 5:41 am

            I speak English, Russian, and Ukrainian, and that’s taught me to pay a lot more attention to consonants. tsh (тш) and ch (ч) are completely different sounds, no matter what language you’re speaking, unless you have a pretty heavy accent.

      • Random person -  February 4, 2015 - 1:38 pm

        Lol true. It’s because C replaces a lot of sounds like said in the article.

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  20. Alaskana -  January 26, 2015 - 2:29 pm

    One can always learn something. I never realised the letter C stood for century. Yet, it is also used to abbreviate circa (meaning or or about with regard to a year or century).

    Just sharing…

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    • tmm -  February 3, 2015 - 12:16 am

      circa is abbreviated ‘cir.’ And those who would throw out the letter ‘x’; I couldn’t spell my maiden name without it. Saxer. And why is “Xarelto” pronounced like ‘zarelto’. They should have just spelled it with a “Z”.

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      • tmm -  February 3, 2015 - 12:17 am

        sorry Why couldn’t they

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  21. Ashley -  January 23, 2015 - 12:10 am

    Interesting I like it

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  22. Valarie -  January 18, 2015 - 10:00 pm

    I like the dictionaries lessons and use this site everyday. Love learning about letters. But they did get one definition wrong. They said Jesus died in 29ad. However this is not.true because Jesus rose from the grave and ascended to heaven 40 days later. Jesus is the only living God….maybe the definition needs a lil touch up since its wrong. Thank you.

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    • Countrygirl -  January 22, 2015 - 4:25 pm

      Ms. Valarie, they would be correct in saying that Jesus died in 29 AD. He just didn’t stay dead. :) Thanks for a very polite comment that reminds us all that there is hope for us because Jesus is alive.

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      • ryan -  January 23, 2015 - 6:11 am

        amen

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        • ugh -  January 23, 2015 - 1:03 pm

          ugggghhhhhh… Christians….. (barfs uncontrolably)

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          • flame -  January 23, 2015 - 3:15 pm

            You have every right to your opinion, but this comment was very rude and uncalled for.

          • la -  January 24, 2015 - 12:46 pm

            Thank you.

          • Scott -  January 26, 2015 - 8:34 am

            You should have said “chunders uncontrollably” – it is an page about C, after all.

          • Funguy -  January 26, 2015 - 8:44 am

            People have different opinions and I agree with Valarie, Countrygirl and Ryan. Ugh may want to study the Bible and see if he doesn’t believe then.

          • Joel -  January 26, 2015 - 11:13 am

            That is totally inappropriate…

          • ali'i -  January 26, 2015 - 9:20 pm

            why you gotta be a hater at least they have a life unlike you do all you do is bag on people if you have a problem with it you deal with it you dont have to spread it just to let you know im only young

          • haha -  January 27, 2015 - 12:20 pm

            not gonna get into a religous fight

          • Sparkle Poffinlots -  January 27, 2015 - 1:59 pm

            JESUS NEVER ROSE FROM THE DEAD
            IT WAS JUST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR THE FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER ALTERING OUR HISTORY WITH HIS NOODLY APPENDAGES!

          • Pinkameana -  January 28, 2015 - 9:09 am

            Ik how you feel Ugh -.-

          • Robert Webb -  January 28, 2015 - 12:53 pm

            The Bible – you mean that book that was written by hundreds of people centuries and millenium after the events “happened” and way outside of living memory? Ever heard of chinese whispers?

          • Tyner -  January 29, 2015 - 7:20 am

            exuse me son i am a christian

          • Person -  January 29, 2015 - 6:28 pm

            By the way, Jesus is not the son of god or god. Jesus is a prophet just like Moses, Muhammad, Noah, etc. Just because someone or a prophet in this case was dead and got revived somehow, doesn’t mean they are god. Wouldn’t this mean that god revived Jesus and brought him to heaven. Wake up everyone, its common sense and logic!!!

          • A To the Theist -  January 30, 2015 - 9:08 am

            I agree with you all the way Ugh.

          • devout Christain -  January 30, 2015 - 8:02 pm

            would you mind not insulting Christians? Without God how do you suppose the world came about? It just magically appeared with a big bang? I hope and pray that you will realise the truth before you die.

          • Robert Webb -  February 6, 2015 - 8:16 pm

            Actually I too am a Christian. I just have the brains that God gave me to question the likelihood of the events in the Bible actually happening exactly as written. Even the Catholic church has historically stated that the stories in the Bible are metaphorical. I certainly know that the Earth is older that the, what?, 6,000 years or so it would have to be to make the Bible water- air- and any other sort of -tight you can think of. Science does not rule out religion/christianity. It just makes you realise that the stories that have been written to give a teaching are just that – stories.

          • Frank Casale -  April 14, 2015 - 7:02 am

            FOCUS! People FOCUS!
            Pay attention to the subject at hand- VOCABULARY!

        • dude -  January 23, 2015 - 2:04 pm

          he’s dead.

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          • person -  January 26, 2015 - 2:58 pm

            he is still alive ” Dude”.

          • person -  January 27, 2015 - 10:20 am

            he is most certainly dead..

          • maria -  January 27, 2015 - 8:52 pm

            God’s not dead.

          • Robert Webb -  January 28, 2015 - 12:54 pm

            To say he’s dead states that he even existed in the first place. I’m not saying he didn’t – I just don’t know for sure.

          • Nnn -  January 28, 2015 - 4:17 pm

            Hey I’m ten uhh please stop I am Lutheran still leave them alone I kare you should stop

          • thetruth -  January 28, 2015 - 10:25 pm

            If Jesus was a god then how a god can died. God never dies. Anything which dies, disappear is not god. He was a prophet of Allah.

          • Robert Webb -  February 6, 2015 - 8:17 pm

            And, by the way, what does any of this have to do with the letter C (apart from being the first letter of Christian/Christianity I mean)?

        • Christa -  January 29, 2015 - 2:20 pm

          I read Countrygirl’s comment and had the same answer as Ryan “amen”. We need c for ch words like church,cherish

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          • Another devout Christian -  February 3, 2015 - 6:32 am

            I absolutely agree with devout Christian Jan 30th 8.02pm – Satan is out in this world to deceive “even the elect”
            We need to be on our guard against him every single day and hold on, little Lutheran age ten (January 28th 4.17pm) to every scrap of your faith.
            Christ came to this earth, died and rose again.
            He lives for evermore BUT TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT BELIEVING BEWARE!
            There is hell as well as heaven. It is as true as you reading this.

          • Random person -  February 4, 2015 - 1:42 pm

            Yeah…. ‘Person’, you can’t explain everything with logic. If everyone could, then we could explain why the universe was created and other stuff.

      • _______ -  January 25, 2015 - 11:04 pm

        I agree, thanks for the polite comment. A great reminder that there are still some of us who care out there. :)

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      • Deb Childs -  January 26, 2015 - 4:23 am

        I agree with you. Amen! Even so, come Lord Jesus.

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        • some guy -  January 26, 2015 - 9:11 pm

          i love myths and fables too! fairy tales are even better. ya know the one about easter or that jesus character being real? still havent seen any proof of existence. id love for you to prove it to me, then i might change my well educated mind. til then…pfft.

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          • Donna -  January 30, 2015 - 9:36 am

            I love fables and myths too. The one called evolution or Darwinism where everything came from nothing is fantastic. I get a laugh every time I hear about it.

      • Hebrewman -  January 26, 2015 - 3:25 pm

        Hey! Some of us are Hebrew!

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      • ekatboy -  February 4, 2015 - 12:33 pm

        for the record, he died in 33 A.D.

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    • God is not real -  January 23, 2015 - 11:52 am

      the definition is very correct. Stop being a dumbass and accept that you are wrong and i am right

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      • Joel -  January 26, 2015 - 11:14 am

        Shut up!

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      • Frost -  January 26, 2015 - 1:34 pm

        I think if you believe god is not real that is your right. But you should not go around insulting peoples beliefs.

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      • Karen -  January 26, 2015 - 3:55 pm

        Good is real, but if you don’t believe, don’t be so mean about it

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        • Karen -  January 26, 2015 - 3:56 pm

          God, I meant God!! I hate auto correct!!!

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        • A To the Theist -  January 30, 2015 - 9:09 am

          Auto correct is atheist aswell. :P

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      • Arieava -  January 26, 2015 - 4:48 pm

        If you can’t be polite about it, please keep your opinion to yourself. That was very rude.

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      • Man -  January 26, 2015 - 5:55 pm

        lol

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      • so true -  January 27, 2015 - 8:44 am

        I am Jesus and i am always right and the story is true Im alive because i did ur mom

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      • Hey now wait a moment -  January 27, 2015 - 11:42 am

        What you said is very rude. That’s someone’s personal belief! You have no right to insult them like that and then tell them that they are wrong just because you don’t agree with them. That’s so narrow minded.

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        • A To the Theist -  January 30, 2015 - 9:12 am

          Yet when Christians insult us atheists, We don’t get support, Gg Christians!!

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      • Sparkle Poffinlots -  January 27, 2015 - 2:00 pm

        Thank you for standing up for what science has proven to be a fact.

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      • GG -  January 28, 2015 - 7:21 am

        You know what? God IS real. Fuck you, you absolute son of a bitch. I hope you crash and burn in hell you faggot.

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        • A To the Theist -  January 30, 2015 - 9:13 am

          This comment was very Christian of you, I’ll prey to the dark lord Satan for you.

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        • Carter Harnetiaux -  January 30, 2015 - 4:27 pm

          Yeah, that’s a real nice Christian response?

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      • FG4K -  January 30, 2015 - 7:40 am

        you have a great point there ugh.

        For those who are on the religion kick. Think about this for a minute or two…. You can’t spell believe with “Lie” , Can’t spell relief without “lie”!! LOL That’s all they want from you is to believe. They never want us to know.

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      • killuminati -  February 3, 2015 - 6:09 am

        lmaoooooooooooooooo

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      • Justin -  February 4, 2015 - 8:26 am

        ok that is you’re opinion other people might believe so leave your opinion to yourself.

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      • Wonder Words -  February 4, 2015 - 4:28 pm

        I know. it’s so annoying hearing about this, even though I do agree with some of this. I understand how annoying that is, and I just sit there wondering, like “Why do people even bother? I mean, it’s just going to create a problem or argument.” It’s like, so just keep your mouth shut, or think about what others will want to hear. Would you please? I totally agree with you 100%

        I do believe in God, as I am a Muslim. but the IS AN ONLINE DICTIONARY, people. lets keep it that way.

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    • Myth Dragon -  January 27, 2015 - 9:49 am

      Look, this is a dictionary website. If you’re Christian, cool, that’s fine. But really, you’re going to ask them to edit it so that it’d be correct by Christian standards? Other religions would disagree that Jesus even existed, meaning that him dying would be completely inaccurate because he was never born.

      Jesus is a religious figure- he is real in your eyes, but in the eyes of others, he may never have existed. America is the land of freedom of religion- that doesn’t mean that Christians should make everything accurate to the Christian letter, but rather accurate based on proven, empirical evidence. And the Bible is not proof that Jesus is a living God, nor that Christianity is the ‘true’ religion. Jesus is more easily proven to die at the time that he first died- Christianity and related religions believe him to rise again as a zombie man, where the rest don’t.

      Please don’t be so arrogant as to have everything correct based on Christian belief, followed by empirically-proved.

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      • KustenWatch -  January 30, 2015 - 10:47 am

        Zombies rule, but you are correct. How did the letter C morph into a religious discussion? Some people need to stay on point!

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        • Wonder Words -  February 4, 2015 - 4:35 pm

          IKR I just wanted to look at what people had to say about the letter C and it just morphs right before my eyes in to a religious debate… :(

          :’( I am crying (not really) :’(

          P.S. Do zombies actually exist? Sorry, I watch a lot of Resurrection :* (love that show) & not a lot of The Walking Dead.

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          • GingerSnapsIsBack -  October 16, 2015 - 6:37 am

            gah! people!
            no humility out there any more eh

      • Ugh -  February 4, 2015 - 12:17 pm

        Myth Dragon= freakin epic. faith is ok to me. it adds to diversity and whatever. but why should christian sensitivity rule over things that are factual? ideology of editing things in the name of the good book is what puts us down in those darker, dumber periods of history we often look back at and think, “damn if only they knew about a thing called science.”

        trying to dodge those dark ages, there should be nothing wrong with straying from the good book, or any religious text. being inquisitive is what helped us find out that the universe isn’t geocentric, that the earth isn’t flat, and that humans did evolve.

        i would like to point out something. often i see pro judeo-christian comments stating nonfactual evidence on factual websites such as this one. never have i seen any comments stating nonfactual evidence from people who worship other religions. never have I seen “Buddha is the one true savior” or “like for Vishnu, scroll past this if you’re gay for Asuras” or “actually that’s incorrect because Gaia created all life, we didn’t just ‘evolve’ ”

        so my question is, why? why do you guys constantly feel the need to correct information with information incorrect. no one else does it. my original comment was not an attack on christianity, but a stand for proven information. albeit in my own blunt way, my message was: take your BS, GTFO, and STFU.

        that probably was a bit more blunt, and a bit rude, but i really dont care.

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    • hak -  January 28, 2015 - 9:43 am

      Did it occur to You that GOD most BE PERFECT in all Manners & #NONLIKEGOD #PERFECTGOD

      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
      Say: He is Allah, the One! قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ
      Allah, the eternally Besought of all! اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ
      He begetteth not nor was begotten. لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ
      And there is none comparable unto Him. وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

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      • Wonder Words -  February 4, 2015 - 4:42 pm

        true. but please, no preaching or whatever you were doing

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    • Emmie -  January 28, 2015 - 2:36 pm

      Sorry Hun but Jesus is not God there is One God and Jesus was his MESSENGER

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      • Wonder Words -  February 4, 2015 - 4:43 pm

        true. but please, no preaching or whatever you were doing

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    • yodaman345 -  January 29, 2015 - 6:54 am

      i agree Valarie !!!

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  23. nexus -  January 16, 2015 - 2:46 pm

    I am finding these brief histories of the letters of the alphabet fascinating and rivetting. Keep them coming !

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  24. Meghan -  January 16, 2015 - 9:05 am

    This was fun – who knew Ben Franklin hated “C” so much? Can’t wait for the rest of the letters.

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    • Kengli -  January 22, 2015 - 6:11 pm

      Hey, he tried making the turkey the national bird! What do you expect from Franklin?

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      • Squid -  January 26, 2015 - 12:53 pm

        So true! I am a bird watcher and even though eagles are majestic birds, they are bullies and thieves, so I am in favor of a different bird as our national bird. Go Benjamen Franklin!!

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      • Hebrewman -  January 26, 2015 - 3:26 pm

        He’s a total idiot

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      • NoDoSta -  January 27, 2015 - 1:55 pm

        Well, he did look kind of gobblish (I’ve invented this word).

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      • Frank Casale -  April 16, 2015 - 12:15 pm

        Considering some of the people I’ve met in my life time, maybe Benjamin Franklin was ahead of his!

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    • Robert Webb -  January 28, 2015 - 12:55 pm

      Wonder how he would have felt if he’d had one in his name.

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      • myself -  February 20, 2015 - 9:02 pm

        Then he’d petition the removal of “k” and/or “s” :p

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  25. Anonymous -  January 15, 2015 - 3:35 pm

    Interesting!

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    • Annabeth Chase -  January 27, 2015 - 9:36 am

      Here is how I see the religion thing – No religion is better than another, its just what you choose to believe in

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      • Christa -  January 29, 2015 - 3:05 pm

        Amen,in other words I agree with you completely
        Annabeth. You Need something to believe in and as Billy Joel says you have to “Keep the Faith”.

        I have a question for those who don’t believe–how did we get here?

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      • Donna -  January 30, 2015 - 9:42 am

        Religion is what you do to appease your god, BUT Jesus Christ is God, He is alive and well and so all those who know him and believe in him are not religious. He is our friend and brother. We talk to him and listen to him. We read his Word so we know what he has to say to us. He is the only way to Heaven. He is the only WAY to true freedom and liberty.

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    • Ahmasi -  January 31, 2015 - 3:27 am

      I understand how English could be difficult for non-English speakers but I like the uniqueness that these quirks give the language. English can’t be any more difficult to learn than say French with words that have letters totally silent! I like English’s quirkiness and don’t see any reason to change anything! If you want to learn another language, you learn the language as the natives speak it spelling and all; you don’t change it to make it easier; you learn the rules like you would for any other educational process! Right now, English is as close as we’ve come to a lingua franca; it is spoken in various countries around the world! During the Beijing Olympics, I saw signs in Chinese and English; I saw no other languages represented! English is a growing, vibrant language; let’s not mess with a good thing!

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      • Ptholome -  January 13, 2016 - 6:35 am

        Ahmasi, I agree with you 100%. Any langauge is what it is because it’s history and we have to take it in the way natives learn and speak it. Bravo!

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