The Alphabet and Apples
Of course the letter A is for Apples. Haven't we heard this since we were children?
Since one of my current commissions is a gallery wall with groups of paintings, several are apples, and since I have this fascination with words and letters, words keep showing up on the canvas.
The word 'alphabet came into Middle English from the Late Latin word alphabetum, which in turn originated in the Ancient Greek alphabet, from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet. Alpha and beta in turn came from the first two letters of the Phoenician alphabet, and meant ox and house respectively.
Ok, I get the using the first two letters of the Greek alphabet to form a word to represent the group of letters, but the whole ox and house meaning is a bit random...