Ranking the Letters of the Alphabet, From Lamest to Coolest (2023)

It’s a question that has long puzzled scholars and laymen alike: Which letter of the alphabet is coolest, and which is the lamest? Today, here at Paste, we’re finally answering the question of questions.

Note: We’ll only be using the commonly accepted, 26-letter English alphabet. Ns with tildes and double Ls and accented vowels are all very cool, but not eligible for this particular ranking.

We start with the lamest, and work our way to the best:

26. B

B is an incredibly lame letter. Everything about it is soft and weak. B is a prominent feature in words like “baby” and “Bobby” and “bibby” and “bubby.” It’s not a prominent feature in the word “bebby,” because that word doesn’t exist, but I believe those other words show how weak B can be. Even the “B” swear words, like “bastard” or “bitch,” are lame in comparison to the harder-hitting swear words. And beyond an exception here or there, it’s all “belly” and “boo-boo” and “Bambi” and other sad words.

Best B-Word: Beer

25. M

One of the most common letters, and one of the most boring. M is mediocre and middling and meh. I can’t stand M. It’s just a sound you make when your lips are together. It should never have been elevated to letter status.

Best M-Word: Modicum

24. Q

Just a very, very limited word. Overly dependent on U. Kinda pathetic.

Best Q-Word: Quixotic

23. O

The most bOring vowel. O is the safe person with a secure job you marry when you turn 35 and want to settle down. It’s no coincidence that when we want to express displeasure, we string together one B with a bunch of Os. Booooo.

Best O-Word: Ominous

22. E

It’s like water. Super useful, but so ubiquitous that you can’t really think of it as anything special. And just like water, it can turn horrible without warning; words like “peepee” are the tsunamis of the English language.


Best E-Word: Eclipse

21. L

Hard to pronounce, limited in use, and ultimately pretty apathetic. Words like lollygag and idle and lazy and aimless and desultory and casual and frivolous and sluggish and lethargic and lackadaisical and dull and dally and indolent and laggard and languid and lummox and loafer and lifeless and slack and sloth and slow and lag and somnolent and…you get it. They all feature an L, the slug of letters.

Best L-Word: Liquefy

20. W

This is the only letter that needs more than one syllable to say its name, which makes it kind of ostentatious. But for all that effort, what do we get? A loner letter that really doesn’t do anything special. Why did I just waste three syllables on you, W?!

Best W-Word: Whipoorwill

19. N

Very normal. Non-entity. Nothing. For naught.

Best N-Word: Noxious and nebbish

18. A

Not a bad vowel, not a great vowel. It’s a bit of a chameleon in terms of changing its pronunciation, but none of them sound that cool. Ah is what you say at the dentist, Eh is what Canadians say when they’re confused (which is always), aw is what you say when something is adorable but not thrilling. We need A, and we know it, but that doesn’t mean it presses our buttons.

Best A-Word: Alabaster

17. Y

Y is a little cutesy. It’s always trying to be super positive in the beginning of words (yay, yippee, yowser, yasss), and at the end of words it’s immature and cloying. The word “yummy,” for example, is an all-time horrible addition to the language. Plus, we should ask ourselves whether we really need Y. Couldn’t the “yuh” sound just be replaced by J, and couldn’t we just use “ie” and “ee” at the end of words? Y is redundant, and the only reason I don’t rank it lower is because it can be a wild card vowel, which is pretty cool.

Best Y-Word: Yokel

16. P

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The only real cool thing about P is that it combines with H to form the “f” sound. Other than that, it’s a very basic, no-frills letter, and I refuse to write another word about it.

Best P-Word: Pharisee

15. I

There are a lot of things to hate about “I.” For one, it’s the only vowel that you never see in double, except in the word “Hawaii.” For two, it’s highly functional but pretty boring. However, it has the most selfish word in the English language, “I,” and it doesn’t have to share with anyone else. Selfish, independent people are kinda cool.

Best I-Word: I

14. H

H really slips under the radar. Maybe it’s the soft sound, or the way it transforms when coupled with an S or a G or a C or a W, or maybe it’s been typecast as the sound of laughter. In any case, I like H, but I can’t justify putting it in the top half of these rankings.

Best H-Word: Hemorrhage

13. G

For me, G is summarized by the word “guttural.” It’s a sound that comes from the gut. In Freudian terms, it’s the id of the alphabet, a gasping gulping gah of a letter. Everything sounds rougher with G—even nice things like a grotto. G finds itself in its natural habitat with words like ghetto and gulag and garbage and garote and gag. It’s cool, but only in that very earthy, unfeeling way. Sometimes people try to dress it up with words like genre or gazelle, or to soften it with words like grass, but it always ends up looking like a bull in a china shop. Deep down, G can’t change is stripes. G makes me uncomfortable.

Best G-Word: Gazebo

12. R

R is the inventive word, the cutting-edge word, the future word. R is radical and rebellious and revolutionary. R is roguish and riotous and recalcitrant and reactionary and recherche, and R is a rowdy reformer and a renegade. R is real, and R is remorseless.

Best R-Word: Refulgent

11. T

Such an extravagant letter! Everything about it is terrific, tops, tremendous, and a triumph. It’s the Donald TRUMP of letters, but without all the bigotry. It’s just towering and terrific, and always a little bit tacky.

Best T-Word: Tabernacle

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10. U

Definitely the coolest vowel. Pairs up in weird ways with all the other vowels, and also Q. For a rounded letter with a rounded sound, it can come off surprisingly cool in words like “ultra” and “umbrage.” It also pairs with “n” to reverse the meaning of most words, which is quite a power to have. This is the letter you sort of look at askance at first, thinking, “hmm…kinda dorky,” but eventually you realize it’s pretty sweet. It’s just unfortunate that the most famous example of it pairing with itself comes in the word “muumuu.”

Best U-Word: Ukulele

9. D

A very negative letter, D, but in kind of a cool grandfatherly way. It’s like the Bernie Sanders of letters, featuring such words as dearth and damn and dastardly and dreck and drivel and dirt and done and dope and drug and deform and devil and demagogue and dystopia and decay and drought and death. D tells it like it is, and that’s cool.

Best D-Word: Diabolical and duodenum

8. C

Multiple pronunciations, hangs out with most of the other letters, including Z (czar), and looks like it could eat the other letters, Pacman style. C is vastly underrated, probably because it’s a little co-dependent with K at the end of words.

Best C-Word: Concatenation

7. V

Other than a certain letter to come later, V is the sexiest letter. Any word with a “V” is automatically more alluring and mysterious. Vixen, vespers, violet, vermillion, vampire, vivid, velvet, vulva, vapor, vulpine, volcano, vicious, verve, vanity, vodka, vinyl, vino, venom, vroooooom. Man, that’s a red-hot letter.

Best V-Word: Vivacious

6. S

S is a traveler. It can go anywhere with any letter. Even crappy consonants like “B” can pair up with S in words like “Sbarro.” Q? Absolutely, don’t be a square. V? Svengali says yes. The only real hold-out is “D,” the most previously mentioned most independent word. Aside from that, S is the most popular, coolest kid in the school.

Best S-Word: Sarsaparilla

5. K

K is by far the most sinister letter. Put it at the end of a word that usually ends in “C,” and you’ve got terrifying constructions like “politik.” At the beginning of words, you have killers and kicks and kidnappers and kings and kabals and knockouts. The letter is pure kerosene, and it has that dangerous kool vibe that’s impossible to resist.

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Best K-Word: Kabuki

4. J

The reason J is this high is because it has a lot of range in terms of pronunciation. You can have the hard J in jugular, the h-sounding Spanish J in Guadalajara or jai alai, and the hardish-softish French J, as in “au jus.” (Which tastes great with roast beef.) In some European countries, it’s pronounced like a “y,” as with the soccer team Juventus. You could argue that other letters like G, Y, H, and even X are merely J cover bands. For versatility, it’s hard to beat J.

Best J-Word: Jumanji

3. X

X is so illicit. X is sex, basically. X is a vixen. X is a place where people don’t give a shit, like Texas, or a place that cool criminals in westerns escape to, like Mexico. X is the letter you use to replace spiritual words in a way that annoys people. X is where treasure is buried. In games of tic-tac-toe, everybody roots for X. An extreme word like “extreme” becomes even more extreme when you cut off the “e” and make it X-treme. It is the nexus, the pox, and the hex. There is no exit, because X is the apex.

Best X-Word: Excess

2. F

It has the greatest, most versatile word in the English language.

Best F-Word: Fuck

1. Z

Need to make your product sound awesome, but you’re stuck with an “s”? Just switch it up with a “z,” and you’ve got Rocketballz and Lazers and Canz and Truck Nutz and Blue Razzberry and Lugz and Bratz. Every word that ends with “z” is awesome, as we see from examples like jazz and pizzazz and whiz and topaz and waltz and spazz. It can simultaneously be aggressive (blitz), communal (kibbitz/kibbutz), and funny (ditz/schnozz). It is always exciting (abuzz). It knows when to be silent (chez). And at the start of words, it’s sharp and incisive: zing, zippy, zest, zeal, zero, zone, zombie. In words like Xanadu, even an ultra-cool letter like X tries to be Z.

Best Z-Word: Zydeco

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Which letter is the most attractive? ›

Other than a certain letter to come later, V is the sexiest letter. Any word with a “V” is automatically more alluring and mysterious.

Which is the cutest letter in alphabet? ›

Answer: 'S' is the most beautiful letter of alphabets.

What is the most unpopular letter? ›

In dictionaries, j, q, and z are found the least, but some of the words are rarely used. And if you value the opinion of cryptologists (people who study secret codes and communication), x, q, and z make the fewest appearances in the writing scene.

What are the 2 most popular letters? ›

In an analysis of all 240,000 entries in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, OED editors found that the letter E appears in approximately 11% of all words in the common English vocabulary, about 6,000 more words than the runner-up letter, A.

Which letter is good for baby girl? ›

Most people have their names starting with S and A. So, in case you are looking for a unique name for your baby girl you can also try choosing uncommon alphabets like Y, O or L.

What is the hardest letter to say? ›

That the hardest sounds for children to learn are often the l, r, s, th, and z is probably not surprising to many parents, who regularly observe their children mispronouncing these sounds or avoiding words that use these letters. Typically, such behavior is completely normal for children.

Can Q exist without U? ›

Q without U is used to represent sounds not often found in English but typical in Semitic languages. Loan words such as Qur'an and Iraq are examples of Q's guttural /k/ sound. (Want to learn more about loanwords? This article can help with that.)

What are the top 5 least used letters? ›

Specifically, we will dive into the least-used letters in the English alphabet.
11 Least-Used Letters in the English alphabet
  • 1 | Z, ~1/1111 letters used. ...
  • 2 | Q, ~1/833. ...
  • 3 | J, ~1/625. ...
  • 4 | X, ~1/435. ...
  • 5 | K, ~1/185. ...
  • 6 | V, ~1/95. ...
  • 7 | B, ~1/68. ...
  • 8 | Y, ~1/60.
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What is the prettiest written language? ›

Arabic. When it comes to the most beautiful written language, Arabic has to be a strong contender. The beautiful cursive script has an inherent artfulness to it. And the beauty of Arabic writing is only compounded by the language's long poetic tradition.

What is the least used letter? ›

As you can probably guess, the letter Z is the least commonly used letter in the English alphabet. (In American English, this letter is pronounced “zee.”) The letter Q is the second least commonly used letter. In English words, Q is almost always followed by the letter U.

What are the 5 least used letters in Wordle? ›

The least common letters in all words are the usual suspects: J, Q, Z, X, and it's unlikely any five-letter Wordle word would contain any of those characters. F, V, and K are also uncommon, but these letters have higher odds of being in one of the five possible Wordle positions.

What is the most used word? ›

'The' tops the league tables of most frequently used words in English, accounting for 5% of every 100 words used. “'The' really is miles above everything else,” says Jonathan Culpeper, professor of linguistics at Lancaster University. But why is this?

What is the #1 female name? ›

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What is a rarest girl name? ›

What Are The Rarest Names For Girls?
  1. Aella. Origin: Ancient Greek name. Meaning: Whirlwind.
  2. Alohi. Origin: Hawaiian girl name. Meaning: “Shining” or “brilliant”
  3. Caitronia. Origin: Gaelic. Meaning: “Chaste,” “pure,” and “clear” ...
  4. Novalie. Origin: Latin. ...
  5. Ottiline. Origin: French and German girl name. ...
  6. Tamsyn. Origin: Cornish.
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What is the prettiest girl name? ›

Top 1,000 Baby Girl Names of 2021
  • Olivia.
  • Emma.
  • Charlotte.
  • Amelia.
  • Ava.
  • Sophia.
  • Isabella.
  • Mia.
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What is the weird a letter? ›

Æ (lowercase: æ) is a character formed from the letters a and e, originally a ligature representing the Latin diphthong ae. It has been promoted to the status of a letter in some languages, including Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faroese.

What letters are easiest to say? ›

Sound it Out

The easiest phonics to teach children to read are s, a, t, p, i, n, d, e, m, h, and, b.

What letters can't be silent? ›

There is only one letter in the language that is never silent. Can you guess what it is? The letter is V! There are various very valuable v-words, and that V is never silent!

Is za a valid Scrabble word? ›

About the Word:

You may be surprised at the slang found on the tournament SCRABBLE board: BRO, HOMEY, and YO are all accepted words. ZA is the most played word containing the letter Z (and the only playable two-letter word with the letter Z) in tournament SCRABBLE play.

Is there a word without a vowel? ›

The words without vowels are why, hmm, hymn, xlnt, wynd, myths, thy, dry, cyst, etc.

Is LOQ a Scrabble word? ›

loq is a valid English word.

What are the top 5 most used letters in the alphabet? ›

The most commonly used letters of the English language are e, t, a, i, o, n, s, h, and r. The letters that are most commonly found at the beginning of words are t, a, o, d, and w. The letters that are most commonly found at the end of words are e, s, d, and t.

What words have 3 double letters? ›

An old riddle asks, “Can you name a word with three consecutive double letters?” One possible answer is WOOLLEN - 'double U, double O, double L, …' A more satisfying solution is BOOKKEEPER (or BOOKKEEPING), the only common words with a consecutive triple double.

What is the rarest letter in names? ›

Letter U is the least common. It barely shows up on the chart, so if you are looking for a unique name, maybe pick one that starts with U. Note that Unique isn't entirely unique, though. About 100 children have been named Unique every year since the 1970s.

How do you get a pretty letter? ›

How to Have Beautiful Handwriting
  1. Choose a style. Writers who work by hand can choose from a variety of handwriting styles. ...
  2. Choose the right pen. Modern calligraphy tends to rely on fountain pens, which lend themselves well to cursive writing. ...
  3. Practice consistently. ...
  4. Use the proper grip. ...
  5. Take a formal class.
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Why is the letter Z so uncommon? ›

Why did Z get removed from the alphabet? Around 300 BC, the Roman Censor Appius Claudius Caecus removed Z from the alphabet. His justification was that Z had become archaic: the pronunciation of /z/ had become /r/ by a process called rhotacism, rendering the letter Z useless.

What is the hardest letter in the alphabet? ›

Why Lowercase G Is the Alphabet's Hardest Letter to Write | Time.

What's the easiest letter? ›

The easiest phonics to teach children to read are s, a, t, p, i, n, d, e, m, h, and, b.

What is J with arrow on top? ›

Ĵ is the fourteenth letter in Esperanto orthography. Although it is written as jx and jh respectively in the x-system and h-system workarounds, it is normally written as J with a circumflex: ĵ. Ĵ is used in the Persian Latin (Rumi) alphabet, equivalent to ژ.

What is an attractive letter? ›

What makes an attractive cover letter? The traits that make an attractive cover letter include the following: An error-free letter, free of grammatical, syntax, and language errors. The one that contains only relevant information. No focus on personal life or attempts to emotionally attract the recruiter.

What is Z in Russia? ›

The use of the symbol is a criminal offense in several countries including Germany. The "Z" symbol has been pejoratively called a zwastika or zwaztika, in reference to the Nazi swastika, or pejoratively in Russian and Ukrainian as "ziga" (Russian: зига) in reference to Sieg Heil, by opponents of the war.

Has the letter Z been removed? ›

However, according to Hoax Slayer, all of this is simply an on-going prank that has gone on for years, and has been taken totally out of context. The ELCC actually doesn't exist. Which means Z is definitely not getting removed from the English language — your zippers and zealous zebras are A-OK.

How do you spell V? ›

V, or v, is the twenty-second letter in the Latin alphabet, used in the modern English alphabet, the alphabets of other western European languages and others worldwide. Its name in English is vee (pronounced /ˈviː/), plural vees.
Other letters commonly used withv(x)
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What letter looks like 9? ›

The number '9' can be used as a 'g', yes that's write, a lower case 'g' .

What is the weird G called? ›

It's like the G in the Arial font, and the researchers call this one “opentail.” The other one, called “looptail,” is the kind you see in a font like Times New Roman: two circles, connected by a line on the left side.


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