You use it every day, but how much do you really know about the alphabet? This quiz tests your knowledge of the history and modern day usage of the letters that make up our written language. The modern alphabet's roots date back more than 5,000 years to which ancient civilization? Roman . Greek. Egyptian. Phoenician. The Phoenician aleph symbol would eventually become our modern letter "A". The original symbol stood for: A house. An ox's head. A river. A camel's tongue. In the Old English alphabet the letter "Y" was pronounced with a "th" sound as in "Ye Olde Shoppe." This letter was called a: Thorn. Thesp. Thee. Thrush. What is the name of the "&" symbol? Asterisk. Ellipsis. Ampersand. Dagger. Helvetica, Times, Palatino, and Ariel are all different ways to write the alphabet. These are all examples of what? Styles. Fonts. Sizes. Glyphs. The study of language and its structure is known as: Letterology. Linguistics. Eybecedeology. Scriptology. What was the standard writing style for business correspondence prior to the widespread adoption of the typewriter? Spencerian Script. American Cursive. Washington-Style Writing. Scriptus Americanus. In writing, the top part of an "h" and the lower part of a "g" are known as: Uppers and Lowers. Highs and Unders. Ascenders and Descenders. Shafts and Daggers. Some letters have two dots over them like in Mötley Crüe. What are the dots called? Cedilla. Circumflex. Umlaut. Macron. How many letters are in the English alphabet? 11. 18. 22. 26.