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Most Common letter[edit]

where is the proof that E is the most commonly used letter in the English language? 17:35, 19 June 2007 (UTC) erm how many letter es did you use in you sentence? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:58, 28 August 2010 (UTC)

Semitic, language or adjective[edit]

Is "Semitic" a language, or an adjective to describe people? I thought the language was "Hebrew". -- Bignose

Semitic is a language family, including Hebrew but also Arabic and several other languages, of particular note here being Phoenician, which is what the first alphabet was developed for.

Epislon, doesn't display[edit]

The characters given for Epsilon don't display on my browser, but that's perhaps not surprising as I don't have a Greek font installed. However, surely six characters aren't required to display one Epsilon? -- Bignose

You don't need to have a Greek font, these Greek letters are in the standard html set. If you don't see this : Εψιλον, does this : Εψιλον display correctly ? And the symbol for Epsilon is Ε or ε (upper/lower case), but the six characters are the Greek name of Epsilon, just like "Epsilon"... SeeSchloss 09:22, 5 Aug 2003 (UTC)

E-programming language[edit]

I've deleted the E programming language. Never heard of it, if it is worth an article then it could be added again. -- Egil 08:55 Mar 14, 2003 (UTC) < home of the E programming language. Well I don't think it is widely known and it is certainly not worth adding it again. SeeSchloss 09:22, 5 Aug 2003 (UTC)

e-less book[edit]

I've heard there was an e-less book made. Should this be mentioned, if it can be verified?

I believe the book you are referring to is Gadsby written by Ernest Vincent Wright. As to whether it should be included, well... that was the reason I looked up e in the first place. ;) ~ Bob 07:05, 16 May 2005 (UTC)
I, however, believe the book you are referring to is A Void, which was written in French by Georges Perec and translated into English by Gilbert Adair. Neither version contains the letter 'e'. --Zarel 03:04, August 17, 2005 (UTC)

Vitamin E[edit]

Should we add a "See also: Vitamin E" to the "In nutrition, E is a vitamin."? --Zarel 03:04, August 17, 2005 (UTC)

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Big e on food cans[edit]

Should the big e used in conjunction with food cans to denote net weight be mentioned? Ex. e 200 g to denote (net) weigth of 200 gram (0.2 kilogram) of content in the package excluding all package material. – nsaa @ 2006-05-24 13:16Z

This is not an "big" e, but the character U+212E (℮) Estimated sign. Nsaa 20:50, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

e in bed, history[edit]

I think some focus on the /e/ in "bed" should be described in the history part. As far as I know this sound is older than writing. Probably a phonetic symbol for the /e/ in "bed" may be in the Akkadian cuneiform, or Sumerian proto-cuneiform which is the oldest phonetic language known. TedHuntington 23:48, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Uses other than as a letter are moved to the E (disambiguation) page[edit]

To keep this article consistent with that of other letters, and to meet the WP style, most of the meanings of this symbol, other than as a letter of the alphabet, have been moved to the disambiguation page. - Dmeranda (talk) 17:25, 18 April 2008 (UTC)


The article says that the plural form is 'ees' but then has a footnote that basically contradicts this. Some kind of clarification seems to be required here. JulesH (talk) 10:17, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

The Happy man?[edit]

Anyone else find something about the E being evolved from a pictographic representation of a man with an erection? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:56, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

Egyptian E[edit]

That hieroglyph is not an E. It's an idiogram with no phonetic value used in words having to do with rejoicing. Egyptian has no "E," nor any other vowels. Now, I don't know if that symbol may or may not be thought by scholars to be the artistic basis for the modern E, but it's incorrect to say that's actually an Egyptian E. (talk) 21:00, 15 July 2009 (UTC) ya —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:23, 11 May 2010 (UTC)


What is going on with this page? What is with the abundant use of ‹ and ›, which are not even English punctuation marks, and what does "Its name in English is pronounced ‹e›; or, rarely, ‹ee›," even mean? — the Man in Question (in question) 09:44, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

Angle bracket notation is standard in phonology to indicate spelling, as opposed to pronunciation (which is usually instead indicated between / / or [ ] with IPA symbols inside). It makes it clear we're referring to the letters as spelled out in the given language's own orthography, and that we're quoting writing system symbols per se. LjL (talk) 12:17, 15 October 2015 (UTC)
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