Gleeful Grandiva is brought to you today by the letter R and the number 23,000, honouring the fact there are nearly that many words in the English language where the third letter is R.
R is for ridiculous which is what it’s like to type a story on my notebook these days as the ‘r’ on the keyboard only works when it wants to.
R is for randomly, which is how the ‘r’ works.
R is for rage, what I feel when I’m writing a story and realize (another ‘r’ word) that the ‘r’ isn’t registering.
Did you know?
R is the 18th letter of the English alphabet. It is the eighth-most used letter (I can attest to that).
R is the most used consonant, though Wikipedia puts it at fourth most used consonant – clearly, Wikipedia typists have not been challenged with an unresponsive ‘r’.
More than 5500 words start with the letter R, though the numbers vary depending on which site you visit.
Ever wonder who counts these things anyway?
R is for rarely, which is about how many times ‘r’ shows up when I press my finger to it on the keyboard.
R is for readers who could be forgiven for being confused when I write; “kindness is impotant” (did I mean important or impotent?).
R is for recycling, where I sometimes want to put my notebook.
R is for red, what I see when I’ve realized I’ve published something with the missing letter.
R is for regret that I’m not tech-savvy enough to work it out and will have to enlist the help of a son.
R is for refuse to let it get me down.
R is for remembering to check everything twice before publishing and resolve to get the issue fixed.
R is for the retail outlet where I bought my (still under warranty) notebook where the employees have no problem making my ‘r’ work.
MORE REASONS R IS FOR RIDICULOUS
It seems I’m not the only one with an issue with the letter R.
The R sound is one of the most commonly used sounds in English, yet one of the most challenging to pronounce.
The R sound is usually one of the last sounds to be mastered by children. They are often six or seven years old before they can properly pronounce it.
The R sound can be pronounced 8 different ways correctly, depending on the letters with which it is combined, which is why it is so difficult to master.
If you consider the positioning of all of the variations of an ‘r’ at the beginning, middle, or end of a word, you end up with 21 total variations.
There are two different ways to create an ‘r’ sound.
In one method the back of the tongue is raised so the sides of the tongue touch the back teeth. The centre of the back of the tongue is lower and the air travels through this groove to create the sound.
In the other method, the tip of the tongue is raised and curled back behind the tooth ridge while the back of the tongue stays low.
Now, try and say this really fast five times.
A right-handed fellow named Wright,
In writing “write” always wrote “rite”
Where he meant to write right.
If he’d written “write” right,
Wright would not have wrought rot writing “rite”
The original Semitic R is thought to have been inspired by an Egyptian hieroglyph.
The letter is sometimes referred to as the littera canina (canine letter) as the Latin R was articulated to sound like a growling dog – kind of how I sound when I’m trying to type it.
R is for rectifying the problem and revealing the cause.
I may have to reset my computer but I won’t let it restrict what I want to do.
When my R is restored to working order, I will be rewarded with a great sense of relief which will help me feel relaxed.
I’m going to have a little rant
To make R work I simply can’t
I try to type a smart remark
A painful journey on which I embark
Crook becomes cook, and fright becomes fight
Though I’m pressing that button with all of my might
My brother’s a bother, my art simply at
I’m starting to feel like a real dingbat
I want to brag, it turns into a bag
This missing R letter is really a drag
You might get a sting when I write about string
It really is quite an amazing thing
Forget all about my Ps and Q
To make R work would surely do
But you my friend are now a fiend
I hope you know what I really mean
My draft makes me daft, free comes with a fee
Because of a letter that we cannot see
I’ve discovered this error can be quite handy
When this lowly nan goes from Grandy to Gand(hi)y. 🙂
Thanks for reading my ranting and rambling about the letter R.
I was a bit reticent to start, thinking it was reckless to write while it is still not working, but then became resolute to record my resentment.
Have a gloious week, Tamuia. 🙂