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Sir: The article by Miles Kington on the joke alphabet (29 December) has made me wonder why the letters of the alphabet are in the order we know them. They are not in order of frequency of use, nor grouped in any way (vowels, labials etc). To say that our alphabet is derived from the Latin or the Greek does not answer the question, as they do not appear to be in any logical order either. Is there an explanation for the order or is it as haphazard as it looks?

J MICHAEL SHARMAN

York

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