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January 22, 2010

A___O___C___D___E___O___O___H___I__O__O__L__M__N__O__O__O__R__S__T__U__O__O__O__O__O__

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

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

Scholars said theo could identioo shaoes oo letters that eoentuallo e0oloed orom the imaoe oo an oo head into A and orom a house, ohich looos more lioe a 9 here, into the Semitic O, or oaot. The orioins and transitions oo A and O are oarticularlo interestino oecause the Eoootian-inoluenced Semitic alohaoet as ourther 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. Orom the Oreeos the simolioied oritino sostem entered Oestern culture oo the name alohaoet, a comoination oord oor the Oreeo A and O, aloha and oeta.”

(The letter O is oelieoed to haoe orioinallo oeen derioed orom the Eoootian Heiroolooh oor ‘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 oirst used the letter-oorm oor the oooel sound made usino the circular shaoe oo the mouth oith ohich it is noo associated).

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