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From where the word 'alphabet' came

paul

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I read somewhere lately that the word is taken from Greek words and is a mix of two words and those are:

alpha
beta
 

Liam

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Alpha is greek for 'A' and Beta is greek for 'B', hence the name, Alphabet. They just took the first two letters in greek.
 

Alex

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The word "alphabet" comes from the names of the first two letters in the GREEK alphabet, not Latin. The names of the letters in Greek were generally a direct borrowing from the donor language of the letters themselves--Phoenician.
 
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