Animalogy is all about the animal-related words and phrases in the English language, but did you know there are animals in the very letters that make up our words? If I haven’t blown your mind yet, check out this episode to learn more about this fascinating history.
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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau discusses the fascinating history of the English (Roman) alphabet and the animals in its origins.
*Providing a brief overview of the history of the alphabet from Egyptian hieroglyphs and Phoenician syllabaries to Greek, Etruscan, and Roman alphabets
*Depicting the animals in 7 out of the 26 letters that make up our alphabet
*Uncovering the animals in the Anglo Saxon futhorc alphabet
*Sharing the story that the first recorded sentence in English includes an animal
A 5th-century medallion found in Undley Common in Suffolk, England. It bears the earliest known inscription that is believe to be the 1st sentence in English.
The inscription reads “this she-wolf is a reward to a kinsman” and includes an image of a wolf.