Our Modern Alphabet Has Quite a Wordy History
Byline: J. Hope Babowice
Hooray for alphabet day! Celebrated Oct. 9 in Korea, this national holiday gives countrymen a chance to stop and reflect on the importance of the written word.
But where does our alphabet come from? Kevin Kirkemo, 7, a first-grade student at Butterfield School in Libertyville, wants to know.
Suzanne Leibman, an instructor at the College of Lake County, offered this explanation.
Before there were alphabets, real objects were used to communicate information. Displaying a horseshoe as a symbol for good luck is an example. But what happens when you want someone to know something, but you aren't there to tell them? Thousands of …
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Publication information: Article title: Our Modern Alphabet Has Quite a Wordy History. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: May 23, 1996. Page number: 1. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 1996 Gale Group.
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