A particular characteristic of an alphabet (as opposed to a syllabary) is its ability to adapt to represent entirely different sounds and languages. This was likely important to the Phoenicians, whose civilization was spread out over 1000s of km of the Mediterranean coastline.
The Phoenician civilization extended over these vast coastal distances at least partly because of the economic importance of their dye-extraction industry. A sea snail – Bolinus Brandaris, the dye-murex – provided the sought-after purple dye for which they were famous.
So no sea snails, no widespread Phoenician civilization, and no widespread use of the Phoenician alphabet, from which our ABC today derives. No alphabet would mean no widespread use of movable type (as in Asia, where it was tried, but proved inferior to woodblock printing).
In short: the letters in the book you are reading today, and the near-universal adoption of movable type printing in the West, both depend on these sea-snails.
So that’s why our books depend on cheese and snails. What about Jesus, underwear, and spectacles?
Well? What about them? Huh? RTWT AT Thread by @incunabula on Thread Reader App – Thread Reader App