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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A is for Alphabet

My wife went to Ukraine in the summer of 2002 - the preparation for which was complicated by a bat in our home. A couple years later, a friend of hers made the same teaching trip and gave our newborn daughter an alphabet book from there. The title appears to be AbETKA - it's the B-looking letter that's the second, rather than the third letter of the Cyrillic alphabet.

This alphabet was not entirely foreign to me. I grew up in a city called Binghamton, NY, an upstate New York locale with a number of eastern Europeans. The Russians and the Ukrainian churches, primarily Eastern Orthodox in faith, sometimes used both Cyrillic and Latin/Roman.

As for the latter, it has some variety among the many languages in which it appears, such as accented letters (á, è, î), extra letters, and ligatures (two or three letters joined together - æ, e.g). this page has links how to type special letters in Windows, MAC, and HTML,m plus much more.

A recent Final JEOPARDY!: 2009-01-09 ALPHABETS: In the phonetic alphabet used by the U.S. military, it's the only letter that has the same name as a warrior people.

Ending up with the Jack Kirby alphabet and a couple of Sesame Street pieces:



JEOPARDY! - What is Zulu?


Anne-Berit said...

Alphabet is a great choise for the letter A.Great Post!

Life with Kaishon said...

This is a great A! I was going to have Kaish make all the letters in cursive for me since he is learning that right now, but I didn't feel like I should wake him up at 5:30 for a blog job : ).

Carolina said...

Great idea to enter with Alphabet. Why didn't I think of that? Although I could have never produced such an interesting alphabet or story about it. You learn something every day.

Reader Wil said...

The cyrillic alphabet is a great choice!

Dee said...

Very cool

photowannabe said...

Creative choice for ABC Wednesday. Thanks for all the information.

onangelwings said...

Awesome choice.

I should have thought of this since me and my daughter have been working hard on the alphabet.

ChrissyM said...

Very informative post!!

Thank you for sharing from the ABC Wednesday team.

Tumblewords: said...

Good choice for A!