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  1 lphabet oup Developing Our Alphabet
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  2 “Definitions, for the limited purpose of playing Scrabble,  don’t matter.  One could even argue that the words really  aren’t words at all.  They are strings of letters, dancing  across the board, an array of lines and arcs and circles.” – Word   Freak (p.39) --- Playing with letters An anagram is a word or phrase that is formed by  transposing the letters of another word or phrase. 13 th  century Jewish mystics believed letters of Hebrew  alphabet had magical properties VILLAINOUSNESS:  “an evil soul’s sin” CONVERSATION:  “voices rant on” DESPERATION:  “a rope ends it” PRESBYTERIANS:  “best in prayers”  Antigrams:  MILITARISM:  “I limit arms” ( Word Freak )
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  3 Beginnings In a desert west of the  Nile at Wadi-el-Hol,  In 1993-94, John  Coleman Darnell Writing in a Semitic script  with Egyptian influences.  Semitic people were  apparently living in Egypt 
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  4 Beginnings 2 Shorthand-- fewer than 30  symbols, each one  representing a single sound  could be combined to form  words. Replaced writing systems  such as Egyptian  hieroglyphics Cuneiform developed by  Sumerians in the Tigris and  Euphrates Valley  remained  entirely pictographic until  about 1400 B.C.
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  5 Where does the word alphabet come from?
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