- The word alphabet literally means "ox-house" in Phoenician. The first alphabet was created by the Phoenicians, who labeled each letter with a word that began with the letter's sound. It's the same concept behind the NATO phonetic alphabet ...Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra... So the Phoenicians were like, four million years ahead of their time and probably made this up between flying space cars. Phoenicians labeled the first letter the "ox" because it looked like an ox head; the second letter was the "house" for the same reason. Of course, sounds change over time. The original sound of alpha was closer to 'alef (the ' indicates a glottal stop) and bet was more like... okay it was like bet too. If that doesn't get you excited then get out of my face.
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- The word bookkeeper is the only unhyphenated English word with three pairs of letters.
- Words like dreamt, comfort and warmth have a hidden 'p' sound between 'm' and 't'/'f'.
- The full line of the old quote 'Ignorance is bliss' is: "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." Which of course is complete nonsense cause we just got some serious knowledge bombs here and we're all the more blissful for it.
|bet, the house|
|'alef, the ox head|