Today’s post is brought to you by the letter C

A chivalrous caballero chanting a sea-shanty

Not only did P get pronounced F in the Roman Empire’s northerly boondocks, C stopped being K and got softened to CH or S. In Germany Caesar is still Kaizer but in the British Isles (and so in North America) it’s pronounced SEE-zer. Over in Russia it got shortened to Czar. Even in Italy the name became Cesare (CHEZ-a-ray). Chalk and calcium mean sort of the same thing but which of those sounds is the real C? A song is a canto or a chanson or a chant or a shanty. In a card store you can buy paper to draw a chart on. A caballero can be chivalrous or cavalier—all 3 words are about guys who ride horses. Which reminds me: in Spain they harden V to B.

Can you think of any more?

Back to the beginning of The Western Civ User’s Guide to Reading & Writing.

2 responses to “Today’s post is brought to you by the letter C

  1. James C Fergerson

    Ja, j’aime the large and giant jalapeños Navajos de Juan, José, et James. Some individuals judge that they are good with ginger and fudge from the cage in the lodge by the fjord. Who gives a jot or tittle for the letter “J”? https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/jot-or-tittle.html#:~:text=A%20jot%20is%20the%20smallest,point%20in%20writing%20or%20printing.

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  2. Pingback: Today’s post is brought to you by the letters I, J, U, V, W and Y. | John Manders' Blog

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