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to only realise now that a W (a double U) is actually a UU. Say 'W' out loud

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Snooks1971 Wed 15-Feb-17 21:58:19

Shoot me now.
How the hell have I never noticed that a double u is W when said out aloud?

christmasmum Wed 15-Feb-17 22:04:41

In France they pronounce it double-vay for a double 'vee' which I always thought makes more sense...

SwimmingPoolSaunaRoomForAPony Wed 15-Feb-17 22:05:06

The French have it right, they say double-v (dou-blah-vay) which makes a lot more bloody sense because that's what the actual letter 'w' looks like!

SwimmingPoolSaunaRoomForAPony Wed 15-Feb-17 22:05:29

christmas beat me to it wink

redexpat Wed 15-Feb-17 22:05:40

Same in danish - double v

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 15-Feb-17 22:06:23

Double V in Spanish too .

JoanofNark17 Wed 15-Feb-17 22:06:55

An old style W would be much curvier, and look more like u's than v's.

Like this.

Squirmy65ghyg Wed 15-Feb-17 22:20:35


I don't get it. Wuuh?

Squirmy65ghyg Wed 15-Feb-17 22:21:35

Or not wuh but double u? I never realised either. Good spot!

Onehellofaride Wed 15-Feb-17 22:22:19

squirmy say it as a capital not lower case 'double you'

Onehellofaride Wed 15-Feb-17 22:22:44

Cross post grin

BreatheDeep Wed 15-Feb-17 22:25:11

YABU to only just realise this unless you are a 5 year old grin

EggsEleven Wed 15-Feb-17 22:26:51

My W looks like double U's when I handwrite W. it's only when typed that it looks like two V's.

elQuintoConyo Wed 15-Feb-17 22:28:52

Doppia-vu in Italian iirc.

Oo-beh-dob-lay in Spanish (terrible phonetics, sorry). But they pronounce V as B, so you have to ask/point out B=Barcelona or B=Valencia. Nuts!

Lochan Wed 15-Feb-17 22:29:46

In very old manuscripts it is written uu. The w is a later innovation.

SoupDragon Wed 15-Feb-17 22:36:19

Seriously??! You never wondered why there are all those short little letter names and the "double U"?

It's really weird how some things just pass by without being noticed or questioned isn't it?

mogloveseggs Wed 15-Feb-17 22:36:32

[Shock] I never realised!

LastGirlOnTheLeft Wed 15-Feb-17 22:36:47

Am I the only one to have kept this secret had I been this silly? Come on OP!!!!

QuimReaper Wed 15-Feb-17 22:37:17

Good Lord OP you colossal doily, how could that possibly have passed you by?

FurryLittleTwerp Wed 15-Feb-17 22:39:08

My surname begins with W - I have had envelopes with Uu(restofname) hmm

Dragonglass Wed 15-Feb-17 22:40:10

I'm confused. What have you been calling it, if not 'double u'?

Snooks1971 Wed 15-Feb-17 22:41:06

Oh I love all these responses!
A double U! (I feel like stopping passerby in the street and asking...did you know?)
I did read something I think that there was no need for a 'w' in the English language (could be v wrong here) and therefore the letter W was invented. It's weirdly fascinating....

pimmsy Wed 15-Feb-17 22:42:44

Speaking of french....




Ninety seven

SwearySwearyQuiteContrary Wed 15-Feb-17 22:43:38

Does anyone know if the original pronunciation sounds different to how it's used today?

ShezowsSister Wed 15-Feb-17 22:44:27

I remember having an intense conversation with my Mum as a child because I wanted to know how to spell w and wasn't satisfied with her answer!

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