A gif of the exhibition title, Ambrosia, in Hoss Sharp with various glyphs and images shuffling and replacing random letters in the word.

Erin Christoph

A glyph of a paintbrush.

Alphabet Discrepancies

The Latin alphabet, which is used in over 70% of the world’s written languages, is fraught with inconsistencies and lawlessness. Many of us have been plagued by the mysteries of this writing system. Why is W called “double u” and not “double v?” Why does Q always need to be followed by a U? Why is the alphabet in that order? And why do letters look the way they do? “Alphabet Discrepancies” answers all these and more with a series of flash cards detailing the evolution of proto-Canaanite glyphs to Latin capitals, a timeline of letters added to the alphabet, and a collection of hit pieces about each maladapted, confusing letter. In addition to these writings and infographics, the text is interwoven with flat, vector illustrations that detail the narrative timeline of the evolution of the alphabet.

A vector illustration collage of rolling hills, the alphabet, an olive branch, a head in profile, and series of two figures in clothing from different time periods.
Handwritten signature from Erin Christoph in red.