ASCII Character BUppercase B
The character "B" is the second letter of the Latin and English alphabets in its uppercase or capital form.
The shape of the uppercase "B" typically consists of a vertical line, known as a 'stem', with two rounded parts attached to it on the right side. The rounded parts are almost semicircular, with the top one being smaller than the bottom one. The design of the "B" can vary somewhat depending on the typeface or font being used.
In terms of pronunciation, the uppercase "B" represents a voiced bilabial plosive in the English language, which means it's produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract, specifically by bringing the lips together, causing a build up and then release of air.
Historically, the letter "B" traces its roots back to the ancient Phoenician alphabet, in which it was represented by a symbol for "house". This symbol was then adopted into the Greek alphabet as 'beta', which was later taken by the Romans to form their own letter "B".
In modern times, "B" is often used in a grading context where it indicates a good but not excellent performance, as in school grades.