G is the seventh letter in the Roman alphabet.
The letter G was created by the Romans because they felt that C was not an adequate letter to represent both /k/ and /g/.
Classical Greek gamma
Fascinatingly, the alleged inventor is a known historical figure, Spurius Carvilius Ruga (who flourished around 230 BC). G, which at this time took the place in the alphabet formerly held by Z, came to represent the sound /g/. As the sound /k/ did, /g/ also developed palatal and velar allophones which is why today, G has different sound values in all Romance languages, as well as English (due to French influence).
In English, the letter can be pronounced as a "soft G" (SAMPA: [dZ]), as in: giant, ginger, geology, or it can be pronounced as a "hard G" (SAMPA: [g]), as in: goose, gargoyle, game. In some words of French origin, as in French generally, the "soft G" is pronounced as SAMPA [Z], as in rouge, beige, and genre. Generally, G is soft before E, I, and Y , and hard otherwise, but there are many English words of non-Romance origin where G is hard regardless of position.
Most non-Romance languages pronounce G as /g/ regardless of position, while in Romance languages the soft value varies, such as /ʒ/ in French, Catalan, and Portuguese, /ʤ/ in Italian, and /x/ in Spanish.
Several digraphs are common in English. GH originally represented the letter yogh which English adopted from Old Irish , and took various values including /g/, /ɣ/, /x/, and /j/. It now has a great variety of values, including /f/ in "enough", /g/ in loan words like "spaghetti", and silence in words like "eight" and "night". In Italian, GH is used to force a /g/ value before E and I where G would take a soft value. GN, with value /n/, is also common.
In Spanish, -ge- and -gi- are pronounced as -je- and -ji-. The Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez proposed to simplify the Spanish spelling by using just the versions with j. Thus, while the rest of Spanish speakers didn't follow him, his works and the translations of Rabindranath Tagore made by Jiménez's wife Zenobia Camprubí are published in his spelling.
Golf represents the letter G in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
In international Morse code the letter G is DahDahDit: - - ·
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The EBCDIC code for capital G is 199 and for lowercase g is 135.
Meanings for G
- In the RGB color model, G stands for the color green.
- In computer games,
- In computing, G is a binary prefix for giga, meaning 230 = 1,073,741,824 (cf. G as an SI prefix in the Metric system, given below)
- In electrical engineering, G is often used as the name of the variable for conductance.
- In English slang, g is short for "gangsta" or gangster.
- In film,
- In financial securities, G is the stock symbol for The Gillette Company
- In international licence plate codes, G stands for Gabon.
- In the Metric system,
- In music, G is a note.
- In physics,
- In radiocommunication, G is one of the ITU prefixes allocated to the United Kingdom.
- In psychometrics, g (always in lowercase) is the symbol for general intelligence.
- In Censored page, the G spot is a part of the vagina that allegedly causes an orgasm when stimulated.
Two-letter combinations starting with G:
Letter-digit combinations starting with G: