Thursday, March 17, 2011

E is for Elephant

When I started doing these little Etsy Alphabet Treasuries with the hidden shapes I realised the most tricky of all to complete would be "E". If it was possible to pick 15 objects then no problem but as we only have 12 to play with you will have to forgive me if the shape doesn't quite reveal itself as well in this one.
"E, the first letter of the alphabet, is the most common (or highest frequency) letter in the English alphabet (starting off the typographer's phrase ETAOIN SHRDLU) and several other European languages, which has implications in both cryptography and data compression. This makes it a hard 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 issues were caused by language limitations imposed by the lack of E."[7] Both Georges Perec's novel A Void (La Disparition) (1969) and its English translation by Gilbert Adair omit ‹e› and are considered better works"

High fives as usual for first to say what they see.

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