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[9] Again there is the question whether certain letters are not superfluous, not to mention the mark of the aspirate, to which, if it is required at all, there should be a corresponding symbol to indicate the opposite: for instance k, which is also used as an abbreviation for certain nouns, and q, which, though slanted slightly more by us, resembles both in sound and shape the Greek koppa, now used by the Greeks solely as a numerical sign1: there is also x, the last letter of our own alphabet, which we could dispense with as easily as with psi.

1 K = Kaeso, Kalendae, 'Karthago, Kaput, Kalumnia, etc. The q-sound can be expressed by c. Koppa (ZZZ) as a numeral = 90.

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