alphabetism

noun

al·​pha·​bet·​ism
-₋bətˌiz-,
-ˌbetˌiz-
plural -s
: the use of letters as symbols:
a
: the representation of speech sounds by vowel and consonantal rather than syllabic signs
b
: the use of groups of letters (such as ABC or XYZ) as a signature or nom de plume

Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alphabetism was in 1867

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“Alphabetism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alphabetism. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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