Last modified on 23 July 2013, at 19:53
Character  ъ 
Unicode name CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER HARD SIGN
Unicode block Cyrillic
Codepoint U+044A

TranslingualEdit

Cyrillic letter ъ
Handwritten forms

EtymologyEdit

Glagolitic letter yer’, the source for ъ (ŭ)

Modification of Glagolitic letter yer’ ().

Alternative formsEdit

  • (italics) Ъ, ъ

LetterEdit

ъ (lower case, upper case Ъ)

  1. A letter of the Cyrillic script.

See alsoEdit


BulgarianEdit

PronunciationEdit

LetterEdit

ъ (ǎ) (lower case, upper case Ъ)

  1. The letter ер голям (er goljám, big er), the twenty-seventh letter of the Bulgarian alphabet.

See alsoEdit

  • Previous letter: щ (št)
  • Next letter: ь (j)

RussianEdit

LetterEdit

ъ () (lower case, upper case Ъ)

  1. The letter твёрдый знак (tvjórdyj znak, hard sign), the twenty-eighth letter of the Russian alphabet

Usage notesEdit

In Russian, this letter has no sound of its own, but modifies that of the preceding consonant, causing it to be pronounced hard (i.e., unpalatalized). Some writers use ' (apostrophe) instead of ъ, e.g. съезд — с'езд, which is considered non-standard. After the 1918 spelling reform when the usage of "ъ" was heavily reduced, some typewriters did not have the letter at all, forcing people to use ' (apostrophe).

See alsoEdit

  • Previous letter: щ (šč)
  • Next letter: ы (y)