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Published: Wednesday 31 May 2006

Dictionary Sweden

The Swedish dictionary now contains the letter "W". It was added to the latest edition of the dictionary released by the Swedish Academy in the last week of April. Words spelled with the letter "W" are rare in Swedish, with the exception of words borrowed from other languages, such as "whisky", "wok", and the Internet "web".

' w ' and ' v ' are pronounced identically in Swedish, and therefore have often been considered interchangeable. As a result, words spelled with the rarer " w " have been listed under the " v " section of the dictionary, which is followed by the " x " section. But in the new version of the Swedish Academy's dictionary, the letter "W" has a section all to itself.

The Swedish Academy's dictionary, first published in 1874, was last updated in 1998. It now contains 125,000 words in current use in the Swedish language.

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