Is “I” an alphabet or a letter?

I came across this sentence, "Modi understands only one alphabet, and that is the capital I" in the Indian writer Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s recently published book "The Paradoxical Prime Minister". When I looked the word ‘alphabet’ up in dictionaries, I get the definition as ‘a set of letters or symbols in a fixed order used … Read more

Why are names starting with a “J” common, while words starting with a “J” are uncommon?

There’s a reason “J” is worth 10 points in Word feud, it’s a quite uncommon letter. According to Lewand, arranged from most to least common in appearance, the letters are: etaoinshrdlcumwfgypbvkjxqz Lewand’s ordering differs slightly from others, such as Cornell University Math Explorer’s Project, which produced a table after measuring 40,000 words. Here’s a graph … Read more

Languages and their alphabet(s)

Why do we say English language has only one alphabet if English words (and as an extension sentences and phrases as well) can be written in alphabets of many other languages? EDIT Adding the requested clarification to the question. Letters from alphabets of other languages can be strung together to form similar sounding English words. … Read more

Is there a collective word for the different “alphabets” used by different languages?

As I believe “alphabet” refers specifically to the latin a-z, is there a term that collectively refers to all collections of writing characters. ie, if I had a list that contained the entries “Latin, Kanji, Cyrillic” etc, what would that list be called? A single word is preferable, as I need the term to describe … Read more

I need an alernative to “before” and “after”, which alphabetize with after after before

Some software I use likes to alphabetize things, so I’d like an alternative to before and after, where sorting lexicographical is the same as sorting by time. Answer Ante and post, from Latin, which are represented verbatim in a.m. and p.m. and can also be used as prefixes in English words. AttributionSource : Link , … Read more