Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday WOLF & A PAPfest Reminder!

Before you move on to today's WOLF, remember that the first window for PAPfest opens today at 8AM EST! Email your entries to PAPfest(at)gmail(dot)com For complete rules and regulations, click here.

I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications. I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF (oh, how clever is she? She made an acronym out of her agency's name!) Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.

Sure, word origins are fascinating when you're a big nerd (like me), but you can even dive down past the words into the letters themselves and get some interesting stories.

You guys probably know that the first writing forms we had were actually pictures like cuneiform and hieroglyphs. The first writing form used where the symbols actually represented spoken sounds was created by the Phoenicians. It had 22 symbols, all consonants. Tht's rght, n vwls.

The first two letters in the Phoenician writing system were called aleph and beth.

Yep - that's where we get alphabet.

2 comments:

Matt Sinclair said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think "alphabet" comes from the Greek: Alpha and Beta. But I agree with you that those words originated from the Phoenician.

Mindy McGinnis said...

I like to head for the roots, Matt! ;)