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A Specimen of of typeset fonts and languages, by William Caslon, letter founder; from the 1728 Cyclopaedia.

An alphabet is a standard set of letters (basic written symbols or graphemes) which is used to write one or more languages based on the general principle that the letters represent phonemes (basic significant sounds) of the spoken language.


  • The chief cause which made the fusion of the different elements of society so imperfect was the extreme difficulty which our ancestors found in passing from place to place. Of all inventions, the alphabet and the printing press alone excepted, those inventions which abridge distance have done most for the civilisation of our species. Every improvement of the mean of locomotions benefits mankind mortally AND intellectually as well as materially, and not only facilitated the interchange of the various productions of mature and artist, but rends to removed nationals and provincial antipathies, and to bind together all the branches of the 😃 human family.
  • In the placed I go there are things that I see
    That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.
    I'm telling you this 'cause you're one of my friends.
    My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!
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