In Search of The Rules; for Sometimes Y and W
"The following is about My quest to Spy out the rules to vowels for sometimes y and w ", in hopes
people would stop looking at me as if I had just came down from another planet; when I mention
or ask if they have ever heard of this rule!
Were you taught that vowel rule?
As a young child reaching school age I was taught and learned things that stuck in my head,
like the alphabet and the vowels, as time went by I began to feel like I was the only one taught
some of those things, one day I ask my wife, whom is between seven and eight years younger
than myself, if she remembered that rule for sometimes "Y" and "W" and she said she had never
heard of it.
The rule on vowels as I was taught
So years went by and I still hadn't met anyone that knew of such a rule, and the rule; as I was
taught; was "a" "e" "i" "o" "u" and sometimes "Y" and "W"
Years had gone by without meeting anyone who acknowledged those two as ever being vowels.
When Is "W" a Vowel ?
Then one night while surfing the net I ran across a web page simply by typing in sometimes Y
and W , the short version of this story is; I feel better now, thanks to Grammar Girl at the following
address, entitled When Is "W" a Vowel ? .
I was so relieved to find an answer to that question that I dedicated this page to maintain a link to that address,
and so, if this is one of those things that has bugged you, now you can be reassured; it is for real.
a small saying
Just for the record; At some point in time I was taught a small saying to help one remember the Vowels; It went
something like this,, --> L a d y "Pronounced "a" + "e" instead of Lady" -- >I O U some sugar, giving one
another way to remember the Vowels by association via a little name slang and sentence.
I suppose the person that taught that (Returned) sugar story could have added and sometime I'd like to borrow some Wine
and Worcestershire sauce, or something, but she didn't.
That all being said;, and In fond memory of Paul Harvey; as he would say:
" and now you know; the rest of the story"
P.S. Guess I'll be spying out more on that Y