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Youthful yogis yoke yawing yacht
|y||Yellowing, yarn, yolk||Yellow Pages||Youthful yogis yell at yawing Y-front yachts yopping yawning yucca||Yawning yucca yawps, yopping yowling yogis youthfully yoking yawing yacht|
First digital mockup
Using egg yolk and water colour brushes.
For experiments with egg yolk drawings see:
Developing the Photoshop composite
Letter Y in typefaces shipped with Illustrator
The only typeface on Type kit is ‘Yrsa’ in light, regular, medium, semibold and bold.
I particularly like:
Yellow peas – like yawing yachts:
The letter Y in English is both a vowel and a consonant.
The oldest direct ancestor of English letter Y was the Semitic letter waw, from which also come F, U, V, and W. The Greek and Latin alphabets developed from the Phoenician form of this early alphabet.
Modern English has four uses:
- for ‘upsilon’ in Greek loan-words (system: Greek σύστημα). Because it was not a native sound of Latin, it was usually pronounced /u/ or /i/.
- as a replacement for I: at the end of a word (rye, city) in place of I before the ending -ing (dy-ing, justify-ing). In Old English there was a native /y/ sound, and so all of Latin U, Y and I were used to represent distinct vowels. But by the time of Middle English, /y/ had lost its roundedness and became identical to I (/iː/and /ɪ/). Therefore, many words that originally had I were spelled with Y, and vice versa.
- as a consonant (you). This is possibly influenced by the Middle English letter yogh (Ȝȝ) which developed from Semitic gimel, whose other sound, /ɣ/, came to be written gh in Middle English.)
|Phoenician||Greek||Latin||English (approximate times of changes)|
|V →||U →||V/U/UU →||V/U/W|
|Y →||Y (vowel /y/) →||Y (vowel /i/) →||Y (vowels)|
|G →||Ȝ (consonantal /g/ or /ɣ/) →||G →|
|consonantal Y /j/ →||Y (consonant)|