Ken Jennings wrote:On the other hand, there's my wife's old roommate, who used to say things like "I took it for granite" and, about a social pariah, "They were treating her like a leopard!"
Skillet9886 wrote:As far as "duh" moments go, I can pick out one from when I was sixteen. I can't remember the context (probably because it was completely random), but I suddenly realized that the word "alphabet" comes from the greek letters alpha and beta. Wow, yeah, that was quite an epiphany for me.
The word "alphabet" itself is popularly believed to come from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, but some etymologists argue that instead the word derives from aleph and bet, the first two letters of the Phoenician alphabet (an abjad) which later gave rise to the Hebrew alphabet.
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