Least Used English Letters

How often do you use words that include the letters Q, Z, or X in what you write? Infrequently? Why is that? After all, there are only 26 letters in the English alphabet. Is it too much to ask that these three letters should get some action?

The English language is comprised of tens of thousands of words. The exact number is unknown as the count differs dramatically from one dictionary source to another.

“Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, together with its 1993 Addenda Section, includes some 470,000 entries. The Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, reports that it includes a similar number.”

As the English language evolved, those using it seem to have no need for any more words before enlisting these three letters.

Look at your computer keyboard. Q, Z, and X are in the corners on the left side. Placed there by keyboard designers so that they don’t get in the way. These letters never had a chance. It just seems so unfair.

Personal Note: I was trained to write in cursive in grade school in the 1950ties. I still write in cursive occasionally. However, I admit that I don’t find these three letters easy to write. They just don’t seem to flow with the other letters. Maybe I should just give up trying.

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During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com. Follow Bill on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billramseyauthor/
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