Reengineering The Alphabet

Not so long ago from today I decided to come up with some ideas about how to reengineer the alphabet that I’ll go ahead and tell you about now today.

Rearrange The Alphabet To Make Vowels Easier To Find

The first idea that I got about it was to rearrange the alphabet to make vowels easier to find. So the idea would probably be to put the vowels at the beginning or the end of the alphabet, which would be like what you see right here below:

aeioubcdfghjklmnpqrstvwxyz – or it could be bcdfghjklmnpqrstvwxyzaeiou

I think the first way is easier, but it would be OK to vote on it.

Also, probably some of you want to ask me about how we can handle the idea about that sometimes a “y” letter can be like a vowel or then sometimes a consonant and what I think is we can just use a venn diagram for that one like this one:

Alphabet Venn Diagram

Alphabet Venn Diagram

Topological Ordering Of The Alphabet

Another idea I had was to do some sort of topological ordering for the alphabet, but then when I went on to read about how to do it none of it made enough sense to me yet, so for now I threw the idea about doing topological ordering of the alphabet away from now. But I think we should still consider it because I think it has something to do with efficiency and if we can get both a well-sorted and efficiently sorted alphabet then probably we won’t have to keep coming up with ideas about how to rearrange the alphabet.

How To Make The Alphabet Flow Better

Probably too many of you think that we can’t make the alphabet flow better because you are singing the alphabet song so much of the time. But when I remembered about reading something about Michael Hammer’s reengineering idea I thought maybe we could find out what letters we don’t need so much of the time and then we could just get rid of them altogether then.

Probably the best idea is just to use a letter frequency chart or a scrabble game maybe, too. But I’m going to use the frequency chart idea which I got at the United States Naval Academy here and resorted by frequency like you see below:

Letter Frequency Table

Letter Frequency Table

So then the idea is to first decide a cut-off point which probably should be 2, because that’s the easiest one to see in the table there and tells us we can make a better alphabet by taking out the letters: z,q,x,j,k,v,b,p, & y (also it will make the alphabet song much more efficient, too, then and kids won’t waste so much time singing it all the time around the house or school, too).

I made this for the people that still don’t understand anything I’m talking about, yet:

Reengineering The Alphabet Flow Chart

Reengineering The Alphabet Flow Chart

So now all we have to have for letters in the alphabet are now:

gfwmucldrhsnioate

But I still like the idea about putting all the vowels right in the front, so if we do that, then we have the alphabet which can look like this:

uioaegfwmcldrhsnt

Also, we don’t have to worry about the “y” letter anymore which was becoming too confusing to me when I had to make the venn diagram.

Final Alphabet Enhancements To Make It The Best Alphabet Ever

Now that I figured out the way to make the alphabet more efficient I want to go ahead and take it to the next step and make sure that people including children, too, have a good experience when using my new alphabet, so I have a couple of ideas about how to do that. Both ideas are going to center around the idea about making the vowels easier to find and here are my ideas for that idea now:

1. Because the alphabet isn’t too long any more then maybe we can still keep it in alphabetical order – but I mean the original alphabetical order and not any of the new ones we came up with which makes it looks like this now:

acdefghilmnorstuw

2. I also like the idea of putting vowels up into the front of the alphabet still which makes the whole alphabet even better for the people to use it now and then it will look like this:

aeioucdfghlmnrstw

Now Let’s Test The New Alphabet To See About If It Works OK

Here are a couple of sentences to test the new alphabet to make sure it works out OK:

Original: Once upon a time there lived in a cottage on the edge of a wood a forester and his wife and little daughter.

Better alphabet version: Once Uon time there lied in a cottage on the edge of a wood a forester and his wife and little daughter.

Original:

“WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Better alphabet version:

“WHEN in the Course of human eents, it ecomes necessar for one eole to dissole the olitical ands which hae connected them with another, and to assume among the owers of the earth, the searate and eual station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent resect to the oinions of manind reuires that the should declare the causes which imel them to the searation.

I think the new sentences seem pretty good except sometimes they make me confused about what they’re talking about because I can’t figure out some of the words, so I have an idea for that, too.

Using Wildcards In The Reengineered Alphabet

I know probably I should be able to figure out what the new-alphabet sentence mean by figuring out the missing letters, but sometimes I can’t figure out if a letter is missing or maybe it’s just some new word that I don’t know about yet. So the best idea for a solution to that problem is to use a wildcard whenever a letter from a word based on the original alphabet is gone so I know that I have to go around and try to figure it all out then. Most people want to use “*” as a wild card so that’s what I decided I wanted to do now, too.

So now here are the two test sentences with this new idea of the wild card idea:

Original: Once upon a time there lived in a cottage on the edge of a wood a forester and his wife and little daughter.

Better alphabet version: Once U*on time there li*ed in a cottage on the edge of a wood a forester and his wife and little daughter.

Now that one is way better for me to understand, because the word “lied” isn’t lied anymore and I figured out that the real word was “lived” which makes more sense to me than the forester, wife, and little daughter going around lying all the time for some reason I don’t know about.

Here’s the second one so we can see if it makes more sense with the wild-card replacement idea, too:

Original:

“WHEN in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Better alphabet version:

“WHEN in the Course of human e*ents, it *ecomes necessar* for one *eo*le to dissol*e the *olitical *ands which ha*e connected them with another, and to assume among the *owers of the earth, the se*arate and e*ual station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent res*ect to the o*inions of man*ind re*uires that the* should declare the causes which im*el them to the se*aration.

I like that one a lot, because now it changed the meaning for me when I didn’t think we were “owers of the earth” like some people want to tell me all the time when I don’t treat the earth very well and now I know we can assume the powers of the earth which sounds like an interesting thing for me to try.

Also at one point I thought maybe somebody misspelled the word “onions”, but now I can know that it wasn’t the word onions at all anyhow.

Final Conclusion About Reengineering The Alphabet

Here are the steps for deciding to make up a new alphabet idea which is efficient and also is user friendly:

  1. Get rid of the unecessary letters we don’t use very much.
  2. Put vowels at the beginning of the alphabet so we don’t have to hunt around in the alphabet for them anymore.
  3. Whenever you find a missing letter then you can put the wildcard character “*” in it’s place so things don’t become too confusing when people read the new-alphabet sentences.
  4. Provide a missing letter chart for people to memorize so they can know which letters to try to substitute for the “*” character.

At first I wasn’t sure if the idea about reengineering the alphabet would work because I had that stupid alphabet song locked in my head all day long. But now I am convinced that the new alphabet is not only much better at efficiency, but also is probably a historical advancement in how we observe and use the alphabet in our daily lives.

If you have any more ideas about how to improve the new alphabet, you can let me know, but I don’t see any way that you can do it really.

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6 Responses to Reengineering The Alphabet

  1. William Shakespeare says:

    Dear *ack,

    *ou are a genius who is wa* ahead of his time! That which doesn’t e*ol*e is e*tinct!

  2. Martypants says:

    Hi Jack,
    Do you think you can put your new alphabet into a song we can sing? I remember one time where you talked about songs and how to make them, so wanted to ask for your help and see if you have time when you are done with other things to do this thing.

    • Jack says:

      Now that you told me about it I think now it would be a good idea for me to work on. I can’t figure out yet if a fugue is the best way to do it, because then it would be like getting rid of a lot of alphabet songs altogether at once – or if maybe it would be better to put the fugue over some other sort of harmony, too.

      First what I want-to do is to get into the right mindset for making a song again…and this time a good efficient one which I can start to do by going about and collecting and playing the Arnold Schoenberg records grandma and I would so-often dance around to on through my child years.

  3. D.MIT.ri says:

    I absolutely agree — we need a new alphabet song!

  4. Pingback: New Song For Reengineered Alphabet – Sneak Peek!

  5. Shalin says:

    Alphabet song is too old now. I agree, it has been there for decade since its catchy.Your diagrams explain things better. Good job on doing them.

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