We have arrived at Z – the end of our alphabet journey to 2016.
If we stop for a moment to look at Z – we discover that it is the least used letter of the English alphabet. It can be traced back to the Romans, who got it from the Greeks, who got it from the Phoenicians, who perhaps got it from the Semitic alphabet – but whoever and however it arrived, it is interesting that it ended up at the end. All of this got me wondering why our alphabet is ordered in the way it is.
It seems that the Greeks borrowed the Phoenician alphabet, some time around the eighth century BC and retained the order of letters. In turn, the Phoenicians probably copied the order used by in the Semitic alphabet, but why they chose that particular order no-one really knows.
Interestingly, this brings us full circle to Akkadian, which was one of the Semitic languages, and the language that we mentioned a couple of weeks back when we looked at the ‘discovery of writing’.
Over the last 26 days we have taken an alternative look at each of the 26 letters that make up all the thousands of words we read and write. As a writer, I wouldn’t want to be without them.
We are at the end of 2015, but tomorrow we have all the excitement of being in a new year, wondering what the next twelve months will bring us. Many New Year’s resolutions will be made, and many will be forgotten.
We can promise you one New Year’s resolution that we want to firmly and resolutely keep for the next twelve months (and hopefully beyond). That is, to keep writing so that we can bring you some great stories…
We look forward to continuing our journey and we hope you will come along with us…