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[11] is also the servant of usage and therefore undergoes frequent change. I make no mention of the earliest times when our alphabet contained fewer letters1 and their shapes differed from those which we now use, while their values also were different. For instance in Greek the letter o was sometimes long and short, as it is with us, and again was sometimes used to express the syllable [p. 139] which is identical with its name.2

1 The original alphabet consisted of twenty-one letters, and was increased to twenty-three by the addition of y and z.

2 i.e. the interjection O!

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