Alphabet

The Dictionary as Literature

As well as being a fascinating work in its own right, Gaspar Bouchard’s latest work, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary: The Novel can be seen as an apotheosis of the post-antirealist movement. This book brings that movement’s characteristic antipathy to plot to a triumphant consummation. The dictionary, having no order other than the conventional order of […]

Arbitrary Alphabet in New Kindergarten Curriculum

A bunch of letters with subliminal messages.

A new kindergarten curriculum introduced this school year in certain cities in certain countries requires the children to learn their alphabet both forwards (starting with A) and backwards (starting with Zed). The reason? To teach children the real meaning of letters rather than their order. Children who learn the typical alphabet song often end up […]

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