Off we go on another wild ride through the Alphabet
So why shouldn't A be for Alphabet
I had considered skipping this round of ABC Wednesday, because sometimes Time crowds in on me and I end up posting quickly and not very mindfully, - a video that is entertaining, - a picture or a poem that it only takes a few minutes to post. And do not have time to visit other wonderful posts as often as I would like....
But it is such good discipline and pleasure to be part of this meme, so I am going to try to devote more time, whenever I can, and so here is what I have learned about Alphabets - thanks to Sir Google and Wikipedia.....(who I expect will be blacked out in just a few short hours, in protest)
First things first, a bit of history - the word ALPHABET comes from the Greek word, alphabetos, and the word alphabetos in turn comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, a Alpha, and b Beta.
The names of the Greek letters were based on Phoenican letter names, the first two letters of the Phoenican alphabet being are'aleph (ox) and beth (house).
The Greeks created the first phonetic alphabet when they used letters from the Phoenician alphabet to represent consonants sounds which were not in the Greek Alphabet .
An Alphabet is a set of letters representing one or more phonemes, both consonants and vowels, and in some cases combinations of letters are used to represent single phonemes, as in sh, ch and th, and I guess ph, too.
The best known alphabets are the Roman and Cyrillic. which have been adapted to write many other languages. Some alphabets are used for only a single language and some alphabets are used only for religious purposes, or for decoration, such as the Coptic, or the Irish Uncial.
which really looks like just another font, doesn't it........
Just a few facts, Ma'm, but how very fascinating it must be to study linguistics.
Do you remember when you first learned the alphabet, - well, probably not. Those days are lost in the mists of time as we grow older, but quite likely it was at your mother's knee, - from a book perhaps
or maybe a song.
Maybe your learning was enforced by the blocks you played with...
and here are some for modern little techies....
We learned so early what these letters meant when they were put in orderly fashion to form words, and what a marvelous gift this has been, - to be able to read the thoughts of others, - to be able to express our own inner selves in written form. To be able to travel the world from an armchair, or snuggled beneath the blankets at night with a flashlight!
"To learn to read is to light a fire. Every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." Victor Hugo
For more great A's visit here at ABC Wednesday, as we start once again an alphabetical adventure at Mrs. Nesbitt's wonderful meme.