A is for Ox by Guerilla Pimp Well Made

by Andy on August 28, 2007

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If you get the point of this sweater before you read the blurb then congratulations to you, you are far smarter than I am.

“Back in the day the letter A began as a pictogram illustrating the head and horns of an Ox.

The Phoenicians wrote right to left writing the A sideways as it was quicker. The Greeks generally wrote left to right, so turned the A around.There was a point way back when a system was used called ‘Boustrophedon’ which translates ‘as the Ox ploughs’ so first A went left to right, second A right to left, and so on.

Around 500 BC writing became standardized and letters stopped changing direction. The Ox finally settled on its horns.”

Pretty darned clever design, right guys?

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  • Richard

    I did I did!

  • Richard

    I did I did!

  • Kevin

    Maybe some sort of native-American character for the sound “A” was made to look like an ox head or something, sounds like something they’d do.

  • http://blog.fantasticbonanza.com Joe

    This would be a good t-shirt for somebody who likes linguistics. Also, I think the earliest known pictogram of an ox head was in Sumerian cuneiform. I believe Native American pictograms are pretty different. Either way, this is certainly a reference to Sumerian cuneiform.

  • Darren

    Jumper is good! but whilst the sun shines I think I may opt for an A for Ox tee

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