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Cursive script 'y' and capital 'Y' in the U.S. D'Nealian script style

Y (named wye[1] /ˈw/, plural wyes)[2] is the twinty-fift letter in the ISO basic Latin alphabet (next tae last letter) an represents aither a vowel or a consonant in Inglis.


In Latin, Y wis named Y Graeca "Greek Y". This wis pronoonced as I Graeca "Greek I", syne the classical Greek soond /y/, seemilar tae modren German ü or French u, wis nae a native soond for Latin speakers, an the letter wis ineetially anly uised tae spell foreign wirds. In Romance leids, this history haes led tae the staundart modren name o the letter: Spainyie i griega, French i grec, etc. Alternatively, the oreeginal Greek name upsilon haes an aa been adaptit intae several modren leids sic as German.

Auld Inglis borraeed Latin Y tae write the native Auld Inglis soond /y/ (previously written wi the rune yr ). The name o the letter mey be relatit tae 'ui' (or 'vi') in various medieval leids; in Middlin Inglis it wis 'wi' /wiː/, which throu the Great Vowel Shift acame the Modren Inglis 'wy' /waɪ/.

Relatit letters an ither similar charactersEedit

Computin codesEedit

Character Y y
Encodins decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 89 U+0059 121 U+0079
UTF-8 89 59 121 79
Numeric chairacter reference Y Y y y
EBCDIC faimily 232 E8 168 A8
ASCII 1 89 59 121 79
1 An aa for encodings based on ASCII, includin the DOS, Windows, ISO-8859 an Macintosh faimilies o encodins.

Ither representationsEedit


  1. Also spelled wy.
  2. "Y", Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (1989); Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (1993); "wy", op. cit.

Freemit airtinsEedit

  •   Media relatit tae Y at Wikimedia Commons
  •   The dictionar defineetion o Y at Wiktionary
  •   The dictionar defineetion o y at Wiktionary

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Letter Y with diacritics
Ýý Ỳỳ Ŷŷ Y̊ẙ Ÿÿ Ỹỹ Ẏẏ Ȳȳ Ỷỷ Ỵỵ Ɏɏ Ƴƴ ʏ