Abecedarium is a word that has it’s origins in medieval latin, meaning a primer for teaching the alphabet.
When I came across the word a few years ago, I thought I would give it a try creating one full of inspiring thoughts. It was a game that was easier than I thought. Alphabet books are always of interest to me because it is always intriguing to see what writers or artists do with such letters as Q, X, Y and Z.
Probably the most inspiring of all abecedariums that I ever encountered was Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies. I remember first seeing it at an exhibition in Boston. I walked the show with my little sister and she and I giggled the whole time. Being fans of Monty Python we completely got the joke. What Mr. Gorey did was invent 26 ways to kill of children from A to Z. After we saw the show, the book was for sale in the gift shop. I asked my parents if I could get a copy. They took a look at it and told me to put it back. They did not get the irony and wit. My sister and I left the museum trying to remember our favorites. We never forgot that hilariously macabre abecedarium.
Here is the cover:
When the time came for me to create one, I went in an entirely different direction: Inspiration from A to Z. Using my elf characters, I put them to work bringing some hope and encouragement. I printed this out as a poster and sent it to friends. To this day, I receive messages from some of the recipients that particular letters have come in handy.
Here is a page from my sketch book of various elfs before they were elphs.
Meanwhile, the word "Elphabet" does not have origins in Latin and I doubt that anyone in the medieval word ever used it. I made it up myself. It is something that I love to do: make up words and inspire others.
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