Chip: “Nice to C you.”
Harry: Why is ‘u’ the happiest letter?
Harold: Because it is in the middle of ‘fun.’
U: You’re special, K.
K: Thank U!
“To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.” -A. A. Milne (Alan Alexander Milne (1882 - 1956)): “Winnie the Pooh” (1926); line spoken by fictional character Eeyore
Russell: What goes, “A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, Sssllluuurrrppp!”?
Rusty: Someone eating alphabet soup.
All of the letters of the English alphabet have just one syllable when said aloud, except for the letter w, which has three syllables when said aloud. So, why is ‘w’ called a ‘double-u’ when it is two ‘v’s’ put together? We might have to go ask the wise old owl who lives in the woods. Or your father. Or your mother.
Annette: What is at the end of everything?
Annie: The letter ‘g.’
A, E, who?
A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes, Y make up the vowels.
Riddle: Which letter of the alphabet often stands for an unknown quantity in mathematics?
“ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. At your local public library they’ve got these arranged in ways that can make you cry, giggle, love, hate, wonder, ponder, and understand. It’s astonishing what those twenty-six little marks can do. In Shakespeare’s hands they became “Hamlet.” Mark Twain wound them into “Huckleberry Finn.” James Joyce twisted them into “Ulysses.” Gibbon pounded them into “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” Milton shaped them into “Paradise Lost.” Einstein added some numbers and signs (to save time and space) and they formed the ‘General Theory of Relativity.’” -Author Unknown
Veronica: How can you spell ‘we’ using two letters but without using ‘w’ or ‘e’?
Vera: U and I.
“Why does ‘X’ always get to mark the spot? I bet ‘Z’ would like a turn.” -Author Unknown
Ralph: What does ‘I L B C N U’ mean?
Alf: I’ll be seeing you!
The letter ‘o’ is the oldest letter of the alphabet. It has not changed in shape since being adopted for use in the Phoenician alphabet in about 1300 B.C.E. The letter ‘b’ took its present form from a symbol used in Egyptian hieroglyphics to represent a house.
Reggie: Why can’t S and h talk?
Reginald: Because everybody says, “Sh!” when they see them together.
Hieroglyphs are simplified pictures of objects, and represent words, syllables, or sounds. We might call hieroglyphs ‘talking pictures’ because they do indeed have a story to tell. The last letter to be added to our alphabet was ‘J.’ Imagine how life must have been before the invention of letters and the alphabet - to make a written message or a permanent record of something, someone would have had to draw a picture of it, just like in today’s picture books for early learners (such as preschoolers), or like the primitive drawings on cave walls and rocks. To learn more about the history of the invention known as the alphabet, visit http://www.usu.edu/markdamen/1320hist&civ/pp/slides/17alphabet.pdf.
Andy: Which letter comes after ‘A’ in the alphabet?
Andrew: All the letters come after ‘A’ in the alphabet.
Overheard: We need to stop teaching our children to sing the alphabet song. It took me years to realize that ‘elemeno’ is not a letter!
Bernard: Which letter sounds like a part of the head?
Bernie: I (Eye).
Overheard: I have two master’s degrees and a doctorate, but I still need to say the entire alphabet to myself to remember if p comes before r.
Question: Which letter of the alphabet resembles a doughnut?
Ernie: Which letter sounds like a body of water?
Ernest: C (Sea).
Riddle: Is there a word in the English language that contains all of the vowels in the alphabet?
Solution: Unquestionably! (Notice that the answer contains the letter ‘y,’ which can be either a vowel or a consonant.)
The English word ‘alphabet’ was made by combining the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, which are alpha and bēta.
Nicholas: What comes once in a minute and twice in a moment, but not once in a thousand years?
Nick: The letter ‘m.’
The letter ‘z’ is only used in words of more than five letters when two vowels are present.
Martin: Which letter sounds like it is asking a question?
Marty: Y (Why?).
I am the beginning of the end,
And the end of time and space.
I am essential to creation,
And I surround everyplace.
What am I?
I am the letter ‘e.’
Bozo: How many letters are in the alphabet?
Gonzo: Eleven: T-h-e a-l-p-h-a-b-e-t.
Why are the letters of the alphabet in the order that they are in? Is it because of the song?
Robin: Which letter sounds like a bird?
Sparrow: J (Jay).
If you try to say the alphabet without moving your lips or tongue, every letter will sound the same.
Riddle: Which letter of the alphabet resembles a fish hook?
Question: Which letter of the alphabet looks like a multiplication sign?
Answer: Lowercase or small x and uppercase or capital or large X.
The letters a, e, i, o, and u are called vowels. All of the other letters in the alphabet are called consonants. Y is a consonant, and it is also a vowel when it is pronounced like an ‘e’ or an ‘i.’
Riddle: Which two letters of the alphabet have dots above them?
Solution: Lowercase or small j and i.
‘T’ makes all the difference between here and there.
Vincent: Which letter sounds like an insect?
Vinnie: B (Bee).
‘Almost’ is the longest word in the English language to have all of its letters in alphabetical order.
Emma: Which letter sounds like a vegetable?
Emily: P (Pea).
“Nearly all modern alphabets are descended from an alphabet invented 4,000 years ago, probably by a group of people related to the ancient Hebrews, Phoenicians, and Canaanites, living in what is now the Sinai desert. They got the idea from the Egyptians, but used their own simplified pictures to represent consonant sounds. The Phoenicians and others of the region simplified the pictures further and often rotated them, but if you use your imagination, you can still make out where most of the 22 letters came from. If you turn the A with the point down, for example, you can see a representation of an ox head.” -C. George Boeree (Cornelis George Boeree (born 1952))
Shelly: Why is the letter ‘t’ like an island?
Shelia: Because it is in the middle of water.
Riddle: Which letters of the alphabet are used in spelling words, but can also be words by themselves?
Solution: A or a by themselves can be used as articles, and I by itself can be used as a pronoun.
Abigail: What four letters can frighten a thief?
Abby: O.I.C.U.! (Oh I see you!).
One out of every eight letters written in English is an ‘e.’ The least used letter in the English alphabet is ‘q.’
Connie: What three letters are a substitute for cash?
Constance: I.O.U. (I Owe You).
“I often think how much easier life would have been for me and how much time I should have saved if I had known the alphabet. I can never tell where I and J stand without saying G, H to myself first. I don’t know whether P comes before R or after, and where T comes in has to this day remained something that I never have been able to get into my head.” -W. Somerset Maugham (William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965))
Matilda: Which three letters of the alphabet make everything in the world move?
Mattie: NRG (Energy).
Do you like the order of letters in the alphabet, or would you like to rearrange them?
Katherine: What starts with ‘e’ and ends with ‘e’ but has only a single letter in it?
The Canadian Alphabet
A-B, C-D, E-F G,
Say the alphabet with me,
H-I, J-K, L-M, N,
Write it down with ink and pen,
O-P, Q-R, S, and T,
Read it back out loud to me,
U-V, W, X-Y-Z,
Now it’s always in your head.
by Meguido Zola (born 1939); this song is called “The Canadian Alphabet” because the last letter of the Canadian alphabet is ‘Z’ pronounced as ‘Zed,’ whereas the last letter of the American alphabet, also a ‘Z,’ is pronounced as ‘Zee.’
Marcus: When does ‘B’ come after ‘U’?
Mark: When you steal its honey.
Upper case and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because, at the time when all original print had to be set as individual letters to make newspapers, books, and documents, the ‘upper case’ letters were kept in a case atop the case in which the small, or ‘lower case,’ letters were stored. The individual letters were each carved or molded on small rectangular blocks of wood or metal that were lined up by hand to form words. Then, ink was spread onto them, and paper was pressed against them, to create uniformly (all the same) printed material. The advantages of printing in such a fashion are huge compared to handwritten material - reduced errors, faster production, and fewer workers. But we digress.
Don: What comes after ‘S’ in the alphabet?
Don: Milk and two sugars, thank you.
C: A letter you can sail on.
Pirate Russell: What is a pirate’s favorite letter of the alphabet?
Pirate Pete: Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!
There is a town in Sweden called ‘A’ and a town in France called ‘Y.’
Greg: I bet I can say the alphabet faster than you.
Meg: Bet you can’t.
Greg: ‘The alphabet’ - beat you!
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