If the alphabet was an operating system…
December 9, 2016 (AFD News)
LitTech blog OPtimaLetter News has published a screenshot of what it claims to be details about the next release of Alphabeta (formerly known as “The Alphabet”) which appeared briefly on an investors’ website before it was deleted.
If accurate, the sixth iteration since the incorporation in 2007 will streamline the alphabet while introducing some new features reflecting globalization.
Here are some key points:
- The letter “c” will be eliminated. This has been anticipated, since it is redundant with the letters “s” and “k”. Books still being published and using the operating system will be updated with the new spellings. The change will be introduced in an online video of singer Tito Jackson performing “ABD”
- The letter “z” will return to its original position, sixth from the beginning. That was the seventh position, but it will move up one slot with the elimination of the letter “c”. The screenshot cites the success of other retro consumer products, including the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (an AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) as an influencing factor. OPtimaLetter speculates that this would create yet another battle with Amazon, since it would affect the e-tailer’s current “A to Z” smile logo
- To further globalize Alphabeta (which is actually only one of several alphabets in use worldwide), the company will include the letters ñ (from Spanish, and pronounced like “ny” as in “canyon” and “щ ” (from the Cyrillic alphabet, pronounced “shch” as in “fresh cheese”) as part of the core set
- A pricing sheet, partially visible, suggests that emojis will still be sold separately as part of expansion packs
Alphabeta has not responded to requests for comments on the story. New versions have typically been announced in February, to allow lead time prior to the summer reading season and the autumn school year start.
Note: this post is humor. AFD News is short for “April Fool’s Day News” which I normally use on April 1st, although I have used it before outside of that day. “Z” really was in the seventh position, as I understand it. Tito Jackson is part of the Jackson Five, who had a hit with “ABC”. I first heard that pronunciation of щ as “fresh cheese” when I took Russian in high school
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