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  • Etymology & historical origins fascinate me. Especially when curiosity results in finding exactly other than what I set out to discover. As an amateur linguist & lover of word sounds, the alphabet origin of language (what we carelessly “toss around”) is a favourite study. As an amateur historian, the record of our journey as sapiens never ceases to astound & provoke reflection.
    Though this effort is a gross simplification of extraordinarily complex interactions & development, it seems to me that humans acquired systems of linguistic expression, long after we had acquired ways to locomote. Basic needs to eat, drink & ensure survival, led eventually to sharing ideas. Millennia later, we are still learning the language of love.

    Fair Phoenicia

    Speaking with alphabets,
    fair Phoenicia got it started, what?

    From Tyre to Tangiers kind of thing
    they traded, took what they had
    for things they didn’t,
    this for that
    up & down the coasts.

    Symbols for things
    that’s all it was initially,
    quid pro quo in picture sticks.

    Money, as we know it
    was still way off.

    Tyre produced the purple dye
    Sidon made the glass
    Byblos had the cedars

    Naval dominance,
    (like the Vikings
    Dutch & the English)
    facilitated markets
    & the trading of goods.

    Eventually value-in-store
    became better than barter
    units-of-account led to banks
    fiat value led to greed
    this for that
    led to war
    war led to wars,
    a that for this mess
    we’re still sorting out
    A is for agony
    B is for broom
    C is for clear
    D for the deck.
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