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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Turkey Liberates Q, W, and X

I've been fighting off a stomach bug yesterday and today so blogging has been light, but there are things in the works that should show up today.

Meanwhile, at the London Review of Books, a cultural note: Under Turkey's new "democratization" package introduced by Prime Minister Erdoğan, it will now be legal to use the letters Q, W, and X, previously banned. The article explains, and revisits the story of Atatürk's alphabet reforms.

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