The Devil's Dictionary: T

Updated May 14, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
by Ambrose Bierce


T, the twentieth letter of the English alphabet, was by the Greeks absurdly called tau.

In the alphabet whence ours comes it had the form of the rude corkscrew of the period, and when it stood alone (which was more than the Phoenicians could always do) signified Tallegal, translated by the learned Dr. Brownrigg, "tanglefoot."

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