Alphabet - As Easy As Abc

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0101Getting Sorted2003051920040621In five programmes this week, LYNNE TRUSS questions how, when and why we got the 26 letters of the alphabet. Why does the upper case D look nothing like the lower case one? Why are they even called by the names, Ay, Bee, Sea? Alphabetical Order dates back at least three and a half millennia. It helps us find books in shops and words in dictionaries. We know it by heart. But is it fair to list people alphabetically? Especially if your name is Mary Kay Zuravleff?

In five programmes this week, LYNNE TRUSS looks at the alphabet and how it evolved. 1: Getting Sorted Alphabetical order: it helps us find books in shops and words in dictionaries, but is it fair to list people alphabetically? Producer Angela Hind

1/5. Getting Sorted. LYNNE TRUSS looks at the alphabet and how it evolved. Alphabetical order: it helps us find books in shops and words in dictionaries, but is itfairto list people alphabetically? Producer Angela Hind

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0102A Isn't For Apple2003052020040622As children struggle to learn the association between sounds and letters, it becomes clear that about a third of the letters we require for ENGLISH are actually missing.

Where are they? Why haven't we got them? It's an outrage.

With LYNNE TRUSS. 2: A Isn't forapple. As children struggle to learn the association between sounds and letters, it becomes clear that about a third of the letters we require for English are actually missing. Where are they? Why haven't we got them? For details see yesterday

2/5. Alsn'tforApple. As children struggle to learn the association between sounds and letters, it becomes clear that about a third of the letters we require for English are actually missing. Where are they? Why haven't we got them? With LYNNE TRUSS. Fordetails see yesterday

In five programmes this week, LYNNE TRUSS questions how, when and why we got the 26 letters in our alphabetti spaghetti. Why does the upper case D look nothing like the lower case one? Why are they even called by the names 'Ay, Bee, Sea'?

As children struggle to learn the association between sounds and letters, it becomes clear that about a third of the letters we require for English are actually missing. Where are they? Why haven't we got them? It's an outrage.

0103Latecomers To The Alphabet Ball2003052120040623Big letters and little letters. Thank the Emperor Charlemagne for the little ones and the Romans for the big. But not all of the alphabet goes back such a long way. Since the letters J and Z did not exist, the word Jazz would have meant even less to a Roman than you might imagine.

LYNNE TRUSS looks at the evolution of the alphabet, and covers the introduction of small letters and the letters 'J' and 'Z'.

LYNNE TRUSS looks at the alphabet and how it evolved 3: Latecomers to the Alphabet Ball

Charlemagne and little letters, the Romans and big letters, and newcomers J and Z. For details see Monday

3/5. Latecomers to the Alphabet Ball. Charlemagne and little letters, the Romans and big letters, and newcomers J and Z. With LYNNE TRUSS. For details see Monday

In five programmes this week, LYNNE TRUSS questions how, when and why we got the 26 letters in our alphabetti spaghetti. Why does the upper case D look nothing like the lower case one? Why are they even called by the names Ay, Bee, Sea?

Then News.

0104Letters Have Birthdays2003052220040624The symbolism of letters. R is the 'dog letter' because it goes 'Rrrr'. FRANZ KAFKA said the letter K was 'nauseating'. L has a birthday on January 21st. X can mean any of the following: you've got an answer wrong; lots of love; you are about to watch an adult movie.

Looking at the symbolism of letters. R is the 'dog letter' because it goes 'Rrrr'. FRANZ KAFKA said the letter K was 'nauseating'. L has a birthday on January 21st. Meanwhile X can mean any of the following: you've got an answer wrong; lots of love; you are about to watch an adult movie.

The symbolism of letters. R is the 'dog letter' because it goes 'Rrrr'.FRANZ KAFKA said the letter K was 'nauseating'. L has a birthday on January 21st. X can mean any of the following: you've got an answer wrong; lots of love; you are about to watch an adult movie.

Looking at the symbolism of letters. R is the 'dog letter' because it goes 'Rrrr'.FRANZ KAFKA said the letter K was 'nauseating'. L has a birthday on January 21st. Meanwhile X can mean any of the following: you've got an answer wrong; lots of love; you are about to watch an adult movie.

LYNNE TRUSS looks at the alphabet and how it evolved. 4: Letters Have Birthdays. The symbolism Of letters R, K, LandX. For details see Monday

4/5. Letters Have Birthdays. LYNNE TRUSS continues her look at the alphabet and how it evolved with the symbolism of letters, R, K, L and X. For details see Monday

In five programmes this week, LYNNE TRUSS questions how, when and why we got the 26 letters in our alphabetti spaghetti. Why does the upper case D look nothing like the lower case one? Why are they even called by the names Ay, Bee, Sea?

Then News.

0105 LASTThe Perfect B2003052320040625In the last programme of the series, LYNNE TRUSS asks, are letters beautiful? We get so used to reading them that we tend to forget the shapes. The arch of the C, the flow of the S, and so on. Calligraphers, type designers and stonemasons explain how they get joy from a perfect B.

Last in series. Are letters beautiful? We're so used to reading them we forget the shapes. Calligraphers, type designers and stonemasons explain how they get joy from a perfect B.

LYNNE TRUSS looks at the alphabet and how it evolved. 5: The Perfect B. Are letters beautiful? Calligraphers, type designers and stonemasons explain how they getjoy from a perfect B. Fordetails see Monday

5/5 The Perfect B. LYNNE TRUSS concludes her look at the alphabet. Are letters beautiful? Calligraphers, type designers and stonemasons explain how they get joy from a perfect B. Fordetails see Monday

In five programmes this week, LYNNE TRUSS questions how, when and why we got the 26 letters in our alphabetti spaghetti. Why does the upper case D look nothing like the lower case one? Why are they even called by the names Ay, Bee, Sea?

5/5. The Perfect B

Then News.