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From cave drawing to Twitter: A quick visual overview of the 32,000 year history of the letter A.

From cave drawing to Twitter: A quick visual overview of the 32,000 year history of the letter A.

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  • 32,000 years ago, our ancestors drew animals.
  • One of the animals they drew was an ox.
  • 5,000 years ago, Egyptians also dew an ox.
  • As a hieroglyphic, this ox meant Ox.
  • The trading Phoenicians liked this Ox.
  • So they took its head as a symbol of Ox.
  • The Phoenician word for Ox was “Alf”.
  • The Phoenicians simplified the Ox.
  • Then they rotated it and called it “Aleph”.
  • Aleph became the 1st letter of their Alphabet.
  • 2,500 years ago, the Greeks borrowed Aleph and rotated it again.
  • The Greeks called it “Alpha”.
  • We simplified it again and called it “A”.
  • Simple, digital, compact. Just a sound now.
  • Amazing progress, isn’t it? 32,000 years from cave to Twitter.
  • But I can’t help thinking that we’ve lost something along the way.
  • Join me for more lessons like this on: www.napkinacademy.com The power of visual thinking. In video.