Most of us learn the ABCs in our youth. We see and say the letters
so many times they eventually become etched in our minds.
But researchers from Johns Hopkins University discovered that many
people don’t know what the most common lowercase print version of
the seventh letter of the alphabet really is. Heck, some didn’t
even know there were two types.
There are two ways people write the lowercase letter G. The
looptail, which we tend to read because it’s used in easy-to-read
fonts like Times New Roman, Cambria and Calibri, and in most
printed and typed material. The second is the opentail, which is
the one we tend to write.
Go back to the top photo: Can you determine the correct looptail?
I got this correct, but if I had been asked to draw a looptail ‘G’ from memory I’d have failed. It is a really weird letter shape when you stare at it. Anyway, be sure to read through to the very end, for a fun editor’s note. (Via Paul Kafasis.)