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Lost Consonants

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Lost Consonants is a comic collage series created by Graham Rawle, appearing in Britain's Guardian newspaper[1] from 1990 to 2005. The text and image word play series illustrates a sentence from which one vital letter has been removed, altering its meaning.[2][3] For example: "Youths addicted to drugs" becomes "youths addicted to rugs", or instead of going days without water and becoming "thirsty", people become "thirty".

The series appeared weekly in the weekend Guardian for 15 years,[4] as well as in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, for more than a year and the Globe and Mail, South Africa. It is featured regularly in a number of English language magazines including Spotlight Verlag and BBC English magazine. During its lifetime, nearly eight hundred Lost Consonants appeared in The Guardian. Eight Lost Consonants books have been published from the series.


  1. ^ "Artist we'd be lost without". Ashby and Coalville Mail. 22 February 1996. p. 16. Retrieved 12 April 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Deirdre Martin; Carol Miller (2003). Speech and Language Difficulties in the Classroom. David Fulton Publishers. p. 3. ISBN 9781853468452.
  3. ^ Alison Ross (2005). The Language of Humour. Taylor & Francis. p. 21. ISBN 9781134701711.
  4. ^ "A writer's life: Graham Rawle". The Daily Telegraph. 29 October 2005. p. 180. Retrieved 12 April 2023 – via Newspapers.com.

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