Because I believe that sharing is caring, I am going to share with you what I learned about the English alphabet.
The word alphabet is the amalgamation of the Greek words “Alpha” and “Beta”, the two first letters in an arbitrarily ordered set of characters.
The words “alpha” and “beta” are adapted forms of the first two characters of the Phoenician alphabet, which were “aleph” and “beth”. “Aleph” is Phoenician for “ox” and “beth” is Phoenician for “house”.
So now we have Ox House.
Now, the Phoenicians developed the alphabet (each symbol represents a sound rather than an object or idea). To accomplish this, they repurposed existing symbols that referred to things that began with a specific sound. So “aleph” began with the “a” sound, so the symbol for ox is now the symbol for the “a” sound, and on it goes down the line.
The origins of our letters are things like door, fish, eye, house, ox, etc.
That's so absurd and hilarious to me. Like, of course this arbitrarily ordered set of characters is made up of random animals and body parts, why would anyone expect anything else?