the runic alphabet.
Want to meet two extinct letters of the alphabet? Learn what “thorn” and “wynn” sounded likeThe English alphabet, as you likely know, is made up of 26 letters. But it wasn’t always that way. Before we get to which letters were late additions, let’s explain a bit about Old English. English was first written in the Anglo-Saxon futhorc runic alphabet, also known as Anglo-Saxon. The Angles and Saxons came from Germany and settled in Britain in the fifth century. The …
- futa jallon,
- futcher's line,
Also fu·tharc, fu·thorc, fu·thork [foo-thawrk] /ˈfu θɔrk/.
Origin of futhark
1850–55; so called from first six letters of Old English and Scand runic alphabet: f, u, th, a(or o), r, k (modeled on alphabet)
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futharc futhorc or futhork (ˈfuːθɔːk)
a phonetic alphabet consisting of runes
Word Origin for futhark
C19: from the first six letters: f, u, th, a, r, k; compare alphabet
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1851, historians' name for the Germanic runic alphabet; so called from its first six letters, on the model of alphabet.
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