Words that start with alpha
AlphaOops: H Is for Halloween by Alethea KontisH gets top billing — but a stubborn B has something scary to say — as the inside-out alphabet gives a howl-arious Halloween performance.
Ack! It’s time for the show, and A isn’t ready. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter, no matter how the A-B-Cs normally go! The misbehaving alphabet is back, and there’s no telling who will take the stage next. Z for zombie? P for pirate? Will X think of something good in time? Neon-bright, comically detailed illustrations show a cacophony of costumed letters, each with a mind and personality all its own. Along the bottom, tiny pumpkins arrange the players in proper order, making this alphabet story letter-perfect for Halloween.
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An alphabet is a standard set of letters basic written symbols or graphemes that represent the phonemes basic significant sounds of any spoken language it is used to write. This is in contrast to other types of writing systems , such as syllabaries in which each character represents a syllable and logographic systems in which each character represents a word, morpheme , or semantic unit. The first fully phonemic script, the Proto-Canaanite script, later known as the Phoenician alphabet , is considered to be the first alphabet, and is the ancestor of most modern alphabets, including Arabic , Greek , Latin , Cyrillic , Hebrew , and possibly Brahmic. Daniels , however, distinguishes an abugida or alphasyllabary, a set of graphemes that represent consonantal base letters which diacritics modify to represent vowels as in Devanagari and other South Asian scripts , an abjad , in which letters predominantly or exclusively represent consonants as in the original Phoenician, Hebrew or Arabic , and an "alphabet", a set of graphemes that represent both vowels and consonants. In this narrow sense of the word the first "true" alphabet was the Greek alphabet ,   which was developed on the basis of the earlier Phoenician alphabet.
In the system of Greek numerals , it has a value of 1. It was derived from the Phoenician and Hebrew letter aleph - an ox or leader. In English, the noun "alpha" is used as a synonym for "beginning", or "first" in a series , reflecting its Greek roots. In Ionic, the shift took place in all positions. In Doric and Aeolic , long alpha is preserved in all positions. The letter alpha represents various concepts in physics and chemistry , including alpha radiation , angular acceleration , alpha particles , alpha carbon and strength of electromagnetic interaction as Fine-structure constant. Alpha also stands for thermal expansion coefficient of a compound in physical chemistry.
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