10 line Kabel

10 line Kabel

When pronounced “double-u”, this is the only letter name in English with more than one syllable, and the only English letter name that is not pronounced using any of the sounds typically made by the letter. I like this W for a number of reasons: crossed center strokes are relatively uncommon in sans serif W’s (the center strokes more commonly meet at a single apex), the origins of the letter as two V’s is more transparent, and the angled terminals of Kable accentuate the dynamic diagonal structure of the letter.

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Congratulations to Thomas Gravemaker – he was the first to overlook the kerning job that looks like it was done with crooked wooden teeth and correctly comment on the backwards letter V, posted April 22. Thomas, please email me your snail mail address and I will send you a victorious postcard. I am curious how many fonts of Broadway Condensed were produced with wrong-reading V’s, and I wonder if the error was ever corrected?