Monkey see, monkey Q – the typographic ancestor of our letter Q may have swung from a few trees before settling into its modern form. And the Greeks dropped the character entirely, so it’s the Etruscans we have to thank for our seventeenth letter.
Any way you look at it, the S is a complicated letter. Not only is it one of the more challenging characters to draw, but the story of its evolution has more twists, turns, and reverses than its shape.
New words are being invented all the time to keep up with changes in technology and daily life. This may have been one of the reasons the Phoenicians came up with the innovative notion of a phonetic alphabet.
Historians tell us that our current M started out as the Egyptian hieroglyph for “owl.” Over thousands of years, this simple line drawing was further distilled into the hieratic symbol for the ‘em’ sound