An alphabet our parents didn't teach us

Calligrapher Jean Evans's new alphabet, ``written with a small piece of cherry veneer secured in a wooden handle,'' delighted us in its published form, a three-inch, palm-size portfolio. Would she adorn our bigger pages with her letters -- and allow us to accompany them with a few words that were not on the blackboard with yesterday's ABCs? We're delighted again that she said yes. . . . is for analog, as in computer . . . is for byte or eight binary bits (presumably neuter) . . . is for compact, not Mayflower but disk . . . is for digital as in B and C (which we ought to know by now, tsk tsk!) . . . is for endive, hard to eat with chopsticks . . . is for freeze or perhaps fiber optics . . . is for genes, not to wear but to splice . . . is for holograms, 3-D but nice . . . is for I-and-I in reggae talk . . . is for jogging when we'd rather walk . . . is for kissing, not yet replaced by automation . . . is for laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) . . . is for man on the moon instead of in it . . . is for nouvelle when all we mean is up to the minute . . . is for oil, how long will it last? . . . is for pollster, space probe, and Proust's recycled past . . . is for quantum, quite handy if you want to leap . . . is for the right stuff (`a la Tom Wolfe, of course, not linsey-woolsey sheep) . . . is for shuttle or semiotic or possibly sprouts . . . is for tofu without any doubts . . . is for unilateral -- well, someone has to start, so, please, no wisecracks . . . is for VCR, which not only Valley Girls (remember them?) viddy to the max . . . is for (the) wave, swamping stadiums where you'd think the refs would flag it . . . is for xenophobia, and isn't now the time to bag it? . . . is for yesterday's Yuppies, Yumpies, and the young of every mix . . . is for zucchini, proof that an old squash can learn new tricks

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK