When I was a young Rhymer, only an apprentice in the ways of evil, I used to love reading the encyclopedia. It was the pre-Wikipedia era, of course, meaning I am talking about print volumes (the World Book in my parents’ house and the Encyclopedia Americana in my own homes). Both of these featured articles on the letters of the alphabet, detailing their evolution in Hebrew, Greek, Roman, and ultimately English lettering. One thing that struck me about these articles was a claim that the letter K is redundant in English, as it duplicates the sound of the letter C. Having studied the history of the language more extensively since then, I understand what the author was saying, but nonetheless the argument always struck me as bass-ackwards; representing atleast five distinct consonant sounds as it does, the letter C is always ambiguous. Likewise, the claim one sometimes hears that the letter J is unnecessary because the sounds it represents can also be spelled G & Y also seems silly.
Which brings me to the point of this thread. Of the six letters C, K, G, J, Q, and X, which one would you say is the most pointless?
No pole. I realize this is a natural subject for one, but it’s just too hard with 20/200 vision. But please pick only one of the six and explain your answer. Whoever comes up with the most passionate, cogent, and/or ridiculous argument in favor of her or his thesis will recieve a blueberry cobbler assuming I can separate the explosive from the non-explosive recipes.