Why is the letter 'W' pronounced like double-'U' in English and pronounced as double-'V' in French? I've always wondered this. Typographically, the letter 'W' can be written with curvy bottoms (sorry for the lack of typography jargon) which looks like two U's side by side (uu). It can also be written with hard edges which make it look more like two V's side by side (vv). I thought this was pretty interesting.
closed as general reference by RegDwighт♦ Jul 13 '11 at 10:53
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According to the Oxford Dictionaries: