E is the fifth letter in the
Latin alphabet. Its name in English is spelled e (pronEng|iː), plural es or ees (also written E's, "E"s, e's, etc.). ["E" "Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged" (1993)] The letter "E" is the most commonly used letter in the Czech,cite web|url=http://www.bckelk.ukfsn.org/words/etaoin.html|title=Letter frequencies|last=Kelk|first=Brian|publisher=UK Free Software Network|accessdate=2008-06-25] Danish, Dutch, English, [cite web|url=http://pages.central.edu/emp/LintonT/classes/spring01/cryptography/letterfreq.html|title=Relative Frequencies of Letters in General English Plain text|last=Lewand|first=Robert|work=Cryptographical Mathematics|publisher= Central College|accessdate=2008-06-25] French, [cite web|url=http://www.santacruzpl.org/readyref/files/g-l/ltfrqfr.shtml|title=Frequency of Occurrence of Letters in French|publisher=Santa Cruz Public Libraries|accessdate=2008-06-25] German, [cite web|url=http://scplweb.santacruzpl.org/readyref/files/g-l/ltfrqger.shtml|title=Frequency of Occurrence of Letters in German|publisher=Santa Cruz Public Libraries|accessdate=2008-06-25] Hungarian, Latin, Norwegian, Spanish, [cite web|url=http://www.santacruzpl.org/readyref/files/g-l/ltfrqsp.shtml|title=Frequency of Occurrence of Letters in Spanish|publisher=Santa Cruz Public Libraries|accessdate=2008-06-25] and Swedish languages.
E is derived from the Greek letter
epsilonwhich is much the same in appearance (Ε, ε) and function. In etymology, the Semitic"hê" probably first represented a praying or calling human figure (" hillul" jubilation), and was probably based on a similar Egyptian hieroglyphthat was pronounced and used quite differently. In Semitic, the letter represented IPA|/h/ (and IPA|/e/ in foreign words), in Greek "hê" became Εψιλον (Epsilon) with the value IPA|/e/. Etruscans and Romans followed this usage. Arising from the Great Vowel Shift, English usage is rather different, namely IPA|/iː/ (derived from IPA|/eː/ in "me" or "bee") whereas other words like "bed" are closer to Latin and other languages in usage.
Like other Latin
vowels, E came in a long and a short variety. Originally, the only difference was in length but later on, short e represented IPA|/ɛ/. In other languages that use the letter E or e, it represents various other phonetic values, sometimes with accents to indicate contrasts (e ê é è ë ē ĕ ě ẽ ė ẹ ę ẻ). Digraphsstarting with E are common in many languages to indicate diphthongs and monophthongs, such as EA or EE for IPA|/iː/ or IPA|/eɪ/ in English, EI for IPA|/aɪ/ in German, or EU for IPA|/ø/ in French or IPA|/ɔɪ/ in German.
At the end of a word, E is very often silent in English (
silent e), where old noun inflectionshave been dropped, although even when silent at the end of a word it often causes vowels in the word to be pronounced as diphthongs, conventionally called long vowels (compare as a noun "rat" and as a verb "rate").
The letter 'E' is the most common (or highest frequency) letter in the
English language(starting off the typographer's phrase ETAOIN SHRDLU) and many other related languages, which has implications in both cryptographyand data compression. This makes it a difficult and popular letter to use when writing lipograms. Ernest Vincent Wright's "Gadsby" ( 1939), is considered a "dreadful" novel, and that "at least part of Wright's narrative difficulties were caused by language restrictions imposed by the lack of "E"." [Ross Eckler, "Making the Alphabet Dance: Recreational Word Play". New York: St. Martin's Press (1996): 3] Both Georges Perec's novel "A Void" ("La Disparition") (1969) and its English translation by Gilbert Adair omit the letter E and are considered better works. [Eckler (1996): 3. Perec's novel "was so well written that at least some reviewers never realized the existence of a letter constraint."]
Codes for computing
Unicodethe capital E is codepoint U+0045 and the lower casee is U+0065.
ASCIIcode for capital E is 69 and for lowercase e is 101; or in binary 01000101 and 01100101, correspondingly.
EBCDICcode for capital E is 197 and for lowercase e is 133.
numeric character references in HTMLand XMLare "&#69;" and "&#101;" for upper and lower case respectively.
Similar Latin letters:
*Ɛɛ : Latin epsilon
Similar phonetic symbols:
Close-mid front unrounded vowel
Open-mid front unrounded vowel
Special symbols similar to the letter E:
Estimated sign(used on prepackaged goods for sale within the European Union).
Euro sign af:E als:E ar:E an:E arc:E ast:E az:E bs:E bg:E ca:E cs:E co:E cy:E da:E de:E el:E es:E eo:E eu:E fa:E fur:E gan:E gd:E gl:E ko:E hr:E ilo:E is:E it:E he:E ka:E kw:E sw:E ht:E la:E lv:E lb:E lt:E hu:E mzn:E ms:E nah:E ja:E no:E nn:E nrm:E nds:E pl:E pt:E crh:E ro:E qu:E se:E simple:E sk:E sl:E fi:E sv:E tl:E th:E vi:E vo:E yo:E zh-yue:E bat-smg:E zh:E
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