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Why is w pronounced double u, but m is not pronounced double n?

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But they didn't, of course.

Ben September 18, 2007, 2:05pm

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Interesting. So why do the French pronouce "W" as "doobleh-vay" - while pronouncing "U" as "oo" and "V" as "vay?"

Jason September 19, 2007, 11:28am

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in older versions of english, there was no "W." instead the sound was made by putting two "U"s together. at one point they combined UU and made it W.

Daniel October 2, 2005, 12:45pm

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Why do they even call it Double-U if all it is is two V's put together?

DJjothic October 2, 2005, 2:50pm

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Quote: "Why do they even call it Double-U if all it is is two V's put together?

V was the symbol for U long ago. They got a lot of mileage out of it too, until V, U and W officially became three separate letters. If you look at some old monuments you'll see all sorts of V's where there would now be U's.

"E PLVRIBVS VNVM." Just kind of rolls off the tongue, don't it?

good October 8, 2005, 2:38pm

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M was never two N's. They were always different letters. But when "W" was still "UU" and looked more like "VV", one would write:

"VVE DID IT! VVE VVON THE VVAR!"

good October 8, 2005, 2:57pm

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