English Alphabet History

The English alphabet history traces its root back to fifth-century Anglo-Saxon runes and Latin alphabets. The combination of the two evolved into the current 26 letters of the English alphabet.

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What letter occurs halfway through the alphabet?

The English alphabet has 26 letters. The thirteenth letter is 'M'

But this letter is not in the middle of the alphabet, neither is it halfway between the A and the Z.

'M' is at the last letter of the first half of the letters. But if you are counting from backwards from Z, the thirteenth letter is 'N'.

The same reasoning applies to all alphabets with an equal number of letters. There is no letter at the half-way point.

But if the question is about another alphabet, and one with an odd number of letters, you can easily identify the letter that is exactly halfway through, by counting.

For example, the modern standard Italian alphabet has 21 letters, and the middle letter is the 11th letter, an 'M', but this time it really is exactly half-way through the alphabet!

Or if the question is "What letter occurs halfway through 'the alphabet'?", the answer is the letter 'p'!


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