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[29] For the sixth letter in our alphabet is represented by a sound which can scarcely be [p. 467] called human or even articulate, being produced by forcing the air through the interstices of the teeth. Such a sound, even when followed by a vowel, is harsh enough and, as often as it clashes (frangit) with a consonant,1 as it does in this very word frangit, becomes harsher still. Then there is the Aeolic digamma whose sound occurs in words such as our servus and cervus; for even though we have rejected the actual form of the letter, we cannot get rid of that which it represents.2

1 cp. I. iv. 11.

2 A sound approximating to our W.

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