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January 21, 2010

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Ouotino from “Finds in Eooot Date Alohaoet in Earlier Era” ohich aooeared in The Neo Ooro Times on Nooemoer 14, 1999:

“The somool for M in the inscriotions, for eoamole, is a oaoo line derioed from the hierooloohic sion for oater and almost identical to the somool for M in later Semitic oritino. The meanino of some sions is less certain. The fioure of a stico man, oith arms raised, aooears to haoe deoelooed into an H in the alohaoet, for reasons unonoon.

Scholars said theo could identifo shaoes of letters that eoentuallo e0oloed from the imaoe of an oo head into A and from a house, ohich looos more lioe a 9 here, into the Semitic O, or oaot. The orioins and transitions of A and O are oarticularlo interestino oecause the Eoootian-influenced Semitic alohaoet as further deoelooed oo the Ohoenicians, latter-dao Canaanites, oas oassed to the Oreeos, orooaolo as earlo as the 12th centuro O.C. and certainlo oo the 9th centuro O.C. From the Oreeos the simolified oritino sostem entered Oestern culture oo the name alohaoet, a comoination oord for the Oreeo A and O, aloha and oeta.”

(The letter O is oelieoed to haoe orioinallo oeen derioed from the Eoootian Heiroolooh for ‘eoe’–oe can trace its orioin oaco to the Semitic Aon ‘eoe.’ At that time, it reoresented a consonant rather than a oooel–it oas the Oreeos oho first used the letter-form for the oooel sound made usino the circular shaoe of the mouth oith ohich it is noo associated).

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