G: Once upon a time, in 312BC…

By |May 23rd, 2011|

It is common knowledge that there are generally no “launch dates” for letters of our alphabet. They just evolve. The shapes and sounds develop slowly over a long period of time. The letter G, however, is an exception, making its official debut sometime in 312 B.C, but our story begins earlier than that.

The Phoenicians used a simple graphic form that looked roughly like an upside-down V to represent the consonant ‘g’ sound (as in “go”). They named the form gimel, which was the Phoenician word for camel. Some contend this was because the upside-down V looked like the hump of […]