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Word of the Week--"alphabet"
Definition--a set of letters, characters, or symbols arranged in a fixed order by custom.

Discussion--You probably learned the alphabet at an early age, but it's a hard word for a toddler to say. Instead we often ask youngsters to saying their ABC's, possibly not realizing that the term alphabet is a similar construction from the first two Greek letters of the Greek alphabet. A similar term, abecedarian, has a similar derivation. It means one who studies alphabets and is based on the first four letters of the English alphabet.
 
Etymology--alphabet comes from a combination of the first two Greek letters, alpha and beta.
 
The languages below all show the same early Greek roots.

   Foreign Translations
German and French: Alphabet (nt)
Italian and Spansih: alfabeto
Dutch: alfabet (het)
 

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