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Y, or y, is the ISO basic Latin alphabet’s twenty-fifth and penultimate letter, as well as the contemporary English alphabet’s sixth vowel letter. It usually denotes a vowel and only rarely a consonant in the English writing system, although it can represent either a vowel or a consonant in other orthographies. In English, it is known as wye (pronounced /wa/), plural wyes.


Because the classical Greek sound /y/, which is akin to contemporary German ü or French u, was not a native sound for Latin speakers, and the letter was initially exclusively used to spell foreign words, it was given the moniker I graeca (“Greek I”). Because of this, the letter’s contemporary names in Romance languages are I grego in Galician, I grega in Catalan, I grec in French and Romanian, and I greca in Italian, all of which mean “Greek I.” Both the Polish and Vietnamese names igrek and I g-rét are phonetic borrowings of the French name. Griekse ij and i-grec are both used in Dutch.

Although its original name, I griega, is still acceptable in Spanish, the shorter term ye was offered in the twentieth century and was formally acknowledged as its name in 2010 by the Real Academia Espaola. The ancient Greek term (upsilon) has also been transferred into various modern languages: in German, it is known as Ypsilon, in Icelandic, it is known as ufsilon I and in Italian, it is known as ipsilon or I greca. Both terms (psilon and I grego) are used in Portuguese. Because of its later position in the alphabet, the letter is simply termed seinna I (“later I in Faroese.


The original Old English sound /y/ (previously represented with the rune yr) was transcribed with Latin Y. The letter’s name may be connected to ‘ui’ (or ‘vi’) in several medieval languages; in Middle English, it was ‘wi’ /wi/, which became ‘wy’ /wa/ during the Great Vowel Shift.

The Semitic letter waw (pronounced as ) is the earliest direct progenitor of the English letter Y, as are F, U, V, and W. For further information, see F. The Phoenician version of this early alphabet gave rise to the Greek and Latin alphabets. The old English letter yogh (), which derived from the Semitic gimel, has considerable historical impact on Modern English (as described below).


The Greek letter upsilon is used to create the modern letter Y. The single letter V, which denoted both the vowel sound /u/ and the semivowel consonant sound /w/, was initially borrowed by the Romans as a type of upsilon Either either from the Greek alphabet or from the Etruscan script. (V is usually differentiated from U in modern written Latin.) The origins of the Modern English Y is not this initial loaning of upsilon into Latin (instead, it is the source of Modern English U, V, and W).

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