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Maybe it's worth to mention that some languages, such as German and the Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish,...) still use Y like the classical Greek upsilon, ie. pronunced like IPA [y]. Even though it is rarely used in German, this letter is still called "Ypsilon" in this language.

Of course, Ypsilon is the correct spelling (and pronounciation); the same applies to My and Ny. 20:49, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Is this also the symbol for Mass_to_light_ratio? CSWarren (talk) 12:23, 15 October 2010 (UTC) yes it is see — Preceding unsigned comment added by Monkey-hammer (talkcontribs) 14:39, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Searching the internet, any non-medical references I've come across define 'hyoid' as 'u'-shaped. In regard to the hyoid bone, medical dictionaries show the etymology of the word as meaning 'upsilon' shaped, deriving back to the Greek origin (i.e., the Greek name for what we call the hyoid bone). The hyoid bone is obviously 'U'-shaped (I'm using a capital 'U' to show its actual 'horseshoe'-like shape). I would say, going by the shape of the bone, that the Greeks themselves, and onward, were saying the hyoid bone is shaped like the lowercase upsilon, not the uppercase upsilon ~Y-shape. I would understand that the 'spelling' of the Greek lowercase upsilon via Latin, gets changed to 'hy', which I think the article here actually explains. Anyway, the reference to hyoid meaning " 'y'-shaped" is either just wrong, or is correct in some context that requires much more explanation.Jauntymcd (talk) 15:27, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

The article reads: "In some languages (most notably German), the name upsilon, (üppsilon) is used to refer to the Latin letter Y as well as the Greek letter." - This is not true. There is no word "upsilon" in German, only "Ypsilon", which indeed refers not only to the letter "Y/y" in Latin and Greek but in all alphabets where it occurs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:45, 14 May 2012 (UTC)


The actual American pronunciation given by the OED ends with /lɑn/, which is the vowel used in American English for both palm and lot, but since the editors at {{IPAc-en}} apparently opt not to support American vowel readings, I went with the shorter supported alternative. — LlywelynII 01:44, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Y with a hook[edit]

Why does it exist? — LlywelynII 01:55, 6 October 2014 (UTC)


Who would want to vandalize an article about a LETTER?

Anyhow, it is not correct that the Y sound does not exist 'in most English dialects'. In fact, it is exactly the sound you produce when you pronounce and hold the very first part of the word "YOU" - this produces a distinct "JYYYYY", and that vowel, well that it the very Y sound supposedly not existing in the English language. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:55, 3 December 2015 (UTC)