Birthday letter E

The princess, clever and beautiful Catherine Dashkova November 29 (November 18, Old Style) 1783 at a meeting of the newly created Russian Academy of Sciences asked its members how to write the word "tree."
Gabriel Derzhavin Dmitry Fonvisin, Jacob Knyazhnin and even the Metropolitan Gabriel decided that the princess was joking, but the one writing it uttered the word "іolka", asked: "Is it right to represent one sound with two letters?". Noting that "these reprimands have already been introduced by custom, which, when it is not contrary to common sense, must follow every way," Dashkova suggested using a new letter "e", "to express the words and reprimands, beginning with this agreement, as matіory, іolka, іozh , іol. Dashkovoj arguments seemed convincing, and the feasibility of introducing a new letter were asked to evaluate a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Metropolitan of Novgorod and St. Gabriel, St. Petersburg. November 18, 1784 letter "e" has received official recognition.

Derzhavina, who first began to use the "e" in his private correspondence. The very first printed edition, which meets the letter "e" — a book by Ivan Dmitriev, "And my trifles" (1795), published in Moscow university press. The first word, printed with the letter "e", it was "all", then "ogonek", "penek", "Immortal", "vasilechik." The first name ("Potemkin"), this letter was printed in 1798 at the same Derzhavina.
Famous letter "e" has become thanks to Nikolay Karamzin: in 1796, the first book published by Karamzin poetic anthology "Aonidy" coming out of the same university press, with the letter "e" was printed the word "dawn", "orel", "motylek "," tears ", as well as the first verb" potek. " Researchers still can not vouch for whether it was Karamzin‘s own idea or initiative of someone from the staff publishers. It should be noted that in scientific papers, for example, in the famous "History of the Russian State" Karamzin did not use it.
Amazing separate letter with the letter she was not considered for a long time and ABC has not officially entered. Only Leo Tolstoy in his "New ABC" 1875 year put the letter "e" at the 31st place in the alphabet, between yatem and "e."
Only December 24, 1942 order of the People’s Commissar of Education of the RSFSR was introduced mandatory use of the letter "e" in school practice, and from that time (sometimes, however, mention the 1943 or even the year of 1956, when they were first published normative rules of spelling), it is officially a member of the Russian alphabet. There is a legend that the December 6, 1942 brought Stalin to sign the order in which the names of several generals were printed with the letter "e" instead of "e". Stalin was furious, and the next day in all the articles of the newspaper "Pravda" suddenly appeared the letter "e".
July 9, 2007 the Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Sokolov, in an interview with radio station "Mayak" called for the use of the letter "e" in writing.
The main protector of the long-suffering characters in these times can be considered billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who founded the national production of e-mobile. We do not know whether they had any entrepreneur philological reasons for choosing a name for a cheap car, but we remember that with ekanem as a sign of speech vile rabble fought classical Russian culture, and Basil Alexander Sumarokov Trediakovskii.

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