So here we are, at the penultimate vowel of this amazing Alphabet Blog! You may not have noticed this, but O is actually one of the most hard-working of the five vowels, as it appears in so many words in the English language.
What many people like about the letter O is its beautiful round form. Actually, although we have talked about several letters which have evolved from a shape that was completely unrelated to their current one, O does not show any signs of ageing and has been almost the same since the Phoenicians, which means that its nice form has remained unchanged for about 3,000 years. Also, I had never really thought about it before, but the upper and lower case of O have almost exactly the same shape: o and O, the little one and the big one. I think that’s quite cute! Although C, S, V, W, X and Z have the same feature, O is the only vowel to appears this way!
O can also be a word on its own in English, as a synonym of the exclamation ‘Oh’. In Italian, ‘o’ means ‘or’. Do you know any other languages where O can be a word on its own? In addition, O carries several regional accents. For example, ‘about’ is usually pronounced ‘abewt’ by people from Ontario, while ‘notes’ might sound like ‘nayts’ when heard from Australians.
O is also used together with X as an informal sign-off. As people usually put a couple of Xs at the end of a text or an email to mean ‘Kisses!’, a few Os convey the concept of hugs, although I must admit that I knew the X for kisses, but was a bit [...]