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A-Z of History

Uncovering the unusual, uproarious and unbelievable, Nige Tassell updates our ultimate utopia of the unique
ILLUSTRATION: DAWN COOPER

USHERING IN THE UPPER ‘U’

Until 1629, the capital ‘U’ didn’t exist in any language. A ‘V’ was used instead, despite the lower-case variant of ‘u’ being in use for at least a century. Te change finally came about after a man named Lazare Zetzner began using an upper ‘U’ in his Strasbourg print shop.

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August 2016 issue of History Revealed.