A chart outlining the letter usage within the first 18 posts

When Letters Disappear

In response to the Daily Post writing prompt on March 4, 2013.

Prompt:  There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)

Through March 4 I’ve completed 18 posts.  When this post is published I will have completed 19 posts, but the data represented above is through 18. The letter e is the most used letter to-date, and the last letter of the alphabet is the least used, only showing up 8 times in posts.

All of this is wonderful data, and I think that I can make it through this post without using the last letter of the alphabet.  This is likely the easiest for people to work around, and while it might be an interesting challenge to pick a more frequently used letter, I’m more interested in the effect of the exercise on the mind.

How many times have you purchased a new car and for the next week you suddenly see this car model everywhere?  As I started to work through this post, whichever letter I selected, I suddenly thought of several words that include the letter I was trying to exclude.  Once we’re attuned to a specific frequency, wow – we sure can find those items everywhere we look or listen.

What this does for me, not unlike the previous post in which I claim that never is too extreme a commitment, is to highlight the implication of excluding a letter from your arsenal.  This begins to limit the possibilities of how one can express herself.  And while this forces a person to think sideways, or outside the box, the limitation may prove so limiting that it’s impossible communicate effectively (can you imagine if I’d chosen the letter e!).

Thus bringing this post to a close.  Another 324 words and 1525 characters that don’t contain the tenth or the last letter of the alphabet.


Chart showing the number of each letter used in this post

3 thoughts on “When Letters Disappear

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