W, w

The twenty-third letter of the English alphabet, which was created as a separate letter in the eleventh century A.D. to distinguish two "U"s from a "U" and a "V" (hence the name of the letter, "double-u"). The sound currently represented by the "W" was originally represented by the North Semitic letter waw and the Greek letters digamma and upsilon. There was no "W" in Latin.

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