C, c

The third letter of the Latin and English alphabets. The form of the uppercase "C" derives from the North Semitic letter ghimel, as well as the Greek gamma. It came to the Romans through the Etruscans, in whose language there was no true distinction between the "g" sound and the hard "c" (or "k") sound. In Latin, the "C" was used exclusively as a "K" sound. The forms of the uppercase "C" and lowercase "c" were both originally more angular, resembling the uppercase Greek gamma, and eventually obtained their curved shape in Rome.

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