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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A, a: November Alphabet Project


All November I'll be blogging about the alphabet and word origins.



A, a The first letter of the alphabet, from the Canaanite Aleph,“ox.” The Greeks renamed it Alpha and turned the ox’s head so the horns pointed downward. In the lowercase, we see an ox head in profile, a single horn curving over its head like a cricket’s antenna: a.


Alpha and Omega: The first and last letters respectively of the Greek alphabet (A and Ω) Metaphorically, God, ie, the “first and last,” from Revelations (1:8), “’I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,’ saith the Lord.”

Alkahest: A substance sought by Medieval alchemists believed capable of dissolving anything.  Why would anyone search for such a thing?  What would you keep it in?

Alphabet: The letters of a language arranged in an established order. From alpha+beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet.

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