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Why do we have the letter "C" in English?

Why do we have the letter "C" in English? Have you ever wondered why we have the letter “C”, which doesn’t have a sound of its own but borrows from “K” and “S”? Curious about that I got this great book on the history of our alphabet called Language Visible: Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet From A to Z, by David Sacks. I refer to information from that book and my own knowledge of language. (It’s a hobby of mine to study it.) “C” is more common than “K” by the way. I know that from my job at a reading school and my own research. “C” is most often pronounced like “K” but borrows from “S” when it’s followed by “I, e,” or “y” (an exception being the word soccer). Really the only unique contribution “C” makes to our language is when it’s paired with “H” as in “ch” (but can sound like “K” in words of Greek origin: anchor, or “sh” in words of French origin: chef). Occasionally it breaks the rules when paired with “E” or “I” as in “ocean” or “glacier”. Some

70 Easter Eggs & Interesting google assistant Voice Commands

70 Easter Eggs &  Interesting Voice Commands Despite a rocky start with  plenty of feature disparity , the  Google Assistant  now provides a pretty consistent experience regardless of what device you're using it on. Be it Android,  iPhone , or  Google Home , the AI behind the Assistant is virtually identical — including its quirky commands and funny responses. Google has always been fond of Easter eggs — you know, those little hidden features that you just have to stumble upon — and they haven't been shy about adding these to the Assistant. Whether it's a pop culture reference, a meme, or even a fun little mini-game, there are several special commands that will cause the Assistant to respond with an in-joke of sorts. Really, it's a fun way to get to know your Assistant, so we'll list off all of our favorite Easter eggs below. This first set of commands are things you may not know that the Google Assistant can help you with. Just a set of ge

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Keyboard Shortcut Action   Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)   Copy the selected item   Ctrl+X   Cut the selected item   Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert)   Paste the selected item   Ctrl+Z   Undo an action   Alt+Tab   Switch between open apps Alt+F4   Close the active item, or exit the active app There are more! Keyboard Shortcut Action F2 Rename the selected item F3 Search for a file or folder in File Explorer F4 Display the address bar list in File Explorer F5 Refresh the active window F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop F10 Activate the Menu bar in the active app Alt+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app Alt+Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened Alt+ underlined letter Perform the command for that letter Alt+Enter Display properties for th