There is a 1000 years old Japanese poem about the fleetingness of existence, which uses each letter of the Japanese alphabet exactly once. The poem was used as a way to order the alphabet until the Meiji restauration themathesontrust.org/libr…
The Inka never developed writing but instead had a system of tying knots called khipu in which the color, direction and structure of the knots communicated different information. While most of it is numerical, fully cracking the code reveal a phonetic khipu alphabet with records of history. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Non-vowel letters of the English alphabet have official spellings (e.g. H = "aitch", Q = "cue") grammarist.com/spelling/l…
Economics academics with last names that start earlier in the alphabet are more likely to receive tenure and awards. There is no such effect among psychology researchers, who don't list their names alphabetically on papers researchgate.net/publicat…
"Charlie" as used to refer to enemies in movies like Forrest Gump comes from the spoken alphabet, where the words "Victor Charlie" meant the letters VC = Viet Cong. As this was used a lot in radio communications, over time it became shortened to just "Charlie". elrelojdesol.com/en/jihad…
Today I learned about the Initial Teaching Alphabet, Sir James's aim was to aid dyslexics and end illiteracy by providing children with a logical spelling system, in which words were made up of speech sounds. Unfortunately the system was never successfully made mainstream news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/15…
Carmen Colon, the first victim of the alphabet child killer, was seen running down an interstate wearing no pants, frantically waving for help,by at least 70 people, who assumed the man trying to corral her into his car was her father. She was found murdered near the highway 2 days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
There are 21 names chosen every year for Atlantic hurricanes. If they run out of names for the year, they will name the remaining storms using the Greek alphabet. obxtoday.com/top-stories/…
Today I learned about Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr who has held the longest personal name ever used. He has 26 given names, one for each letter of the alphabet, and his full surname has 666 letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Although Romanian is in the same language group with French, Italian and Spanish. Cyrillic (Bulgarian, Russian) was actually the main writing, It only started to use Latin alphabet in 1830s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
In Monsters Inc., when they point at the White Sock and shout β€œ23-19!”, the 23rd and 19th letter of the alphabet are WS (the initials of White Sock). tyla.com/entertaining/tv-…
The letter "A" is an upside down ox head - it's from an ancient Egyptian symbol of an ox, and "leads" the alphabet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Dean Norris has played a law enforcement official a lot. He said, β€œI used to call myself the alphabet actor. FBI, CIA, DEA, You name it, I’ll play it.” In total as of 2015, Norris has played some sort of law enforcement official 35 times. uproxx.com/movies/dean-no…
If there are more than 26 hurricanes in the Atlantic hurricane season, storms get named after the Greek alphabet once the English alphabet is exhausted. To date, this has only happened once (in 2005). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
When we run out of hurricane names in a season, any additional hurricanes are named after the letters of the Greek alphabet. nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_h…
, Super Mario Bros. 3 on NES expanded the text field to accommodate for English (Latin) alphabet text, since English text translated from Japanese takes up more character space than equivalent Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji Japanese characters would. tcrf.net/Super_Mario_Bros…
The letters J,U, and W didn't exist in the English (Latin) alphabet in 1541. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Today I learned of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man who had a stroke at 43 years old and after a 20-day coma, awoke to find that he was almost fully paralyzed; he could only use his left eyelid. He wrote a memoir, by blinking when the correct letter was said by a person reciting the alphabet over and over again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
While most air traffic communications around the world use the NATO phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, etc), Atlanta doesn't. Taxiways, Gates, and others including a 'D' are referred to as 'Dixie', so as not to cause confusion with Delta Air Lines. Atlanta is Delta's hub. knaviation.net/nato-phone…
In 2005 there were so many tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic that we ran out of names and had to start using the Greek alphabet. The last Hurricane was Epsilon (December), while the last tropical storm was Zeta (Janurary). Countless records were broken during this season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In the 1820s a Cherokee named Sequoyah, impressed by European written languages, invented a writing system with 85 characters that was considered superior to the English alphabet. The Cherokee syllabary could be learned in a few weeks and by 1825 the majority of Cherokees could read and write. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Cyrillic (the alphabet used to write Russian) wasn't created by Greek monks Cyrill and Methodius. They created the Glagolitic script. A disciple of theirs created Cyrillic with a few Glagolitic letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Scientists from the World Meteorological Organization developed six lists of twenty-one (21) names for tropical storms and hurricanes that rotate each year. Each letter of the alphabet has a name for a storm except Q, U, X, Y, and Z. Right now, we are on letter C, Cristobal. farmersalmanac.com/hurric…
J (Juliett) in the NATO alphabet is spelled with an extra T for French speakers who would otherwise pronounce it with a silent T if the extra one wasn’t there en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAT…
In the Morse Code "alphabet", E and T are first as they are the most common letters in the English language. youtube.com/watch?v=D8tPk…
Korean-American Andrew Lee from California was inaugurated as Crown Prince in early 2018 by King Yi Seok, the nominal emperor of the Joseon Dynasty. He is the successor to the throne of his ancestor King Sejong, who created the Korean alphabet, Hangul. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
The last letter added to the English alphabet was J uncommongoods.com/blog/20…
The word β€œAlphabet” is actually just the beginning of the Greek AlphaBet(a) getwords.com/unit/303/ip:…
The melody in "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", the "Alphabet Song", and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" was not composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 5 years old; it was already a popular French folk tune which existed for decades before Mozart composed a series of variations on the tune. liveabout.com/mozart-orig…
The alphabet (the Latin alphabet) derived from the Etruscan alphabet, which came from the Greek alphabet, which came from the Phoenician alphabet, which came from another early alphabet, which was based on Egyptian hieroglyphics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Our modern Latin alphabet is ultimately descended from Egyptian hieroglyphs (as are basically all modern writing systems not derived from Chinese characters) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egy…
Many jurisdictions use a "randomized alphabet", re-shuffled periodically, to determine the alphabetical order that candidates' names will appear on ballots, in order to prevent an unfair advantage for names starting with A. sos.ca.gov/elections/rand…
Kazakhstan is transitioning to the latin alphabet by 2025 nytimes.com/2018/01/15/wo…
The Church of Latter-Day Saints pushed a new version of the English alphabet in the late 1800s called the Deseret alphabet, which was developed by Brigham Young and the board of the University of Deseret between 1847 and 1854. It was meant to be more phonetically consistent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Before the discovery of X-rays and xylophone popularity, the Persian King Xerxes was used for the X letter in children's alphabet books. publicdomainreview.org/co…
The English word for "alphabet" comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, "alpha" and "beta". The biblical phrase, "alpha and omega", meaning "beginning and end", comes from the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet, "alpha" and "omega". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The origin of the "Peace Sign" was from flag semaphores i.e. using hand held flags to represent letters of the alphabet usually in the Navy. Combining the symbols for 'N' and 'D' standing for 'Nuclear Disarmament' creates the now iconic circular 'Peace' logo. rd.com/culture/history-of…
Maldivian is written using a unique alphabet which uses Arabic numerals as its first nine consonants, and Indic numerals for the following nine. The script may have been invented as a secret code before being adopted for more general use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
The Chinese language has over 100,000 characters, therefore not having a simple and contained alphabet. The average literate Chinese person only uses around 3,000 - 6,000 characters compared to the English language only using 26 characters. blog.tutorming.com/mandar…
Handwritten German was written in a script almost unrecognisable (at times) to the latin alphabet for centuries until it was banned by the Nazi Party in 1941 with other scripts such as Fraktur. typography.guru/journal/k…
From about 1653-1856 there was a Secret Office in the UK Postal Service. Its job was to intercept and read all foreign mail. The department head was called The Chief Decipherer. Other secret office employee titles were The Door Keeper and The Alphabet Keeper. historyextra.com/period/5…
The Japanese language has 3 alphabets: Kanji (Chinese characters "borrowed" by Japan), Hiragana (Japanese phonetic alphabet #1), and Katakana (Japanese phonetic alphabet #2). Each alphabet has their own unique uses. guidetojapanese.org/learn…
Before the discovery of x-rays or the popularity of xylophones, alphabet books struggled with examples for "X is for...". Some used Greek figures like Xerxes and Xantippe, but others were lazy and just said "X is a letter, like this X". publicdomainreview.org/co…
The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters; a, e, i, o, u, h, k, l, m, n, p, w alternative-hawaii.com/al…
In an effort to simplify English spelling, Benjamin Franklin devised a phonetic alphabet. It was one of the earliest proposed spelling reforms to the English language. He omitted the letters c, j, q, w, x, and y, and added two new vowels with four new consonants for a total of 26 letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The Viet Cong were called Charlie’s because in the NATO phonetic alphabet V C is Victor Charlie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
Mormons briefly had their own alphabet. Brigham Young, an early leader of the Church, advocated for the creation of a "more phonetically accurate" alphabet. It saw some limited use from 1854-1877, but printing learning materials proved to cost prohibitive and the project died with Young. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
The 1939 novel Gadsby, by Ernest Vincent Wright, uses no words beginning with the letter E in the entire novel. It was written as a lipogram, a kind of writing in which the author deliberately excludes a common letter of the alphabet. E, T, and A are the hardest letters to ignore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gad…
A sentence with every letter in the alphabet is called a "Pangram" and a "perfect pangram" has exactly 26 letters. e.g., "Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx." fun-with-words.com/pangra…
Serbian is practically the only European language whose speakers are fully functionally digraphic: that is, they commonly use two different alphabets to read and write (Cyrillic and Latin) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…

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