alphabet alphabet  /ˈæl fə ˌbɛt/


  1. (n) a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language
  2. (n) the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural)


  1. The most recent shift occurred in 1990, when Zaner-Bloser eliminated all superfluous adornments from the so-called Zanerian alphabet.
  2. Of the dozens of alphabet books that are published every year, this one stands out for a simple reason: in addition to the A, B, and Cs, there's so much to look at.
  3. I entered third grade in 1990, the year of the great alphabet change.


  1. Worried About Mass Surveillance? How to Practice Safer Communication

    What is 'Metadata?' Why should you care? by Quinn Norton, Special to ProPublica With all the news coming out about possible mass surveillance and the relationship between an alphabet soup of federal agencies and the companies that hold huge swaths of your electronic life, it's easy to feel powerless. But you're not.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Boise Weekly

  2. Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "20/20" Surges Week-to-Week in ABC Victory

    The Alphabet's mainstay is up 36% in adults 18-49 from last week.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Futon Critic

  3. The Boxing Alphabet: The Best All-Time Fighters from A to Z

    There are rankings by weight class. There are pound-for-pound rankings. And there are rankings that line up the best fighters in the world from one era to the next. All are worthy endeavors, but, in a quest to add something new and challenging to the conversation, we decided to bring another set of boundaries into play: the alphabet. Using a fighter’s surname as a guide—not necessarily the birth ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

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  1. "I'm not sure why I did this. I don't know why an alphabet book popped into my head," Martin says of "The Alphabet From A to Y, With Bonus Letter Z," a collaboration with New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. "My idea was to write these rhyming...
    on Oct 22, 2007 By: Steve Martin Source: Washington Post

  2. "This was worth the wait," Irvin said. "I know my alphabet. When I heard 'H' I was like, 'OK, I (is) next.' So, whew! I was so afraid we were going to skip over the I's."
    on Feb 3, 2007 By: Michael Irvin Source: Forbes

  3. "To think that a million people would read something written in the solitude of my room with 28 letters of the alphabet and two fingers as my sole arsenal seems insane," Garcia Marquez said, recalling that the novel's readers have now surpassed...
    on Mar 26, 2007 By: Garcia Marquez Source: International Herald Tribune

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