A is for Alpha α
The first letter of the Greek alphabet. The root of alphabet along with the second Greek letter, beta. Another way of indicating a first rank – my school divided its years up into three classes, labelled 1, A and Alpha, indicating none was any better than the other. I was in Alpha and, of course, we thought we were the best!
The alpha male is the top dog, the alpha star is (or was, in some cases) the brightest in its constellation. Alpha can also be given as a first class rank for a piece of work in school or an examination. An alpha particle (or ray) is a helium nucleus emitted by a radioactive substance – beta and gamma radiation are also listed, and are more deadly.
Alpha is also the amplifier for the NATO phonetic alphabet, where you spell out a word with these codewords for each letter. JEMIMA is Juliet – Echo – Mike – India – Mike – Alpha. The NATO alphabet is also known as the International Telemetry System, and it was devised for ease of understanding in radio messages.
That is my theme for the 2014 April A to Z Blog Challenge: to blog from Alpha to Zulu. I’ll be including some of my usual features within the Challenge – Tuesday’s haiku, Friday’s Flash Fiction – quite a challenge when Chuck Wendig has no connection with the A to Z team and I don’t know whether the task he sets each week will lend itself to the necessary keywords. Saturday is Book Review day, and I’ve had to stretch that a bit to get my required word in. It’ll be fun! Leave comments, come and visit often, and watch out for tomorrow’s cover reveal and Giveaway, which will run throughout April.
Hang on – today’s Tuesday! Where’s the haiku?
Alpha to Zulu
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