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Jan 8, 2008
This week's theme
Whose what? (animal edition)

This week's words
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dog's letter

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dog's letter (dogz LET-uhr) noun

The letter R.

[From Latin littera canina, literally dog's letter. In Latin the sound of the letter R was trilled. Think Grrr! of a snarling dog. A good example of a trilling R is none other that the Spanish word for a dog: perro.]

"There is only the difference of the dog's letter between friend and fiend."
The Westminster Review (London, UK); 1830.

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