The alphabet was made 3,500 years ago and it’s evolved since then. The first form of written communication was drawing on cave walls. Then that evolved into Egyptian hieroglyphics. Before the Greeks, the alphabet used to just consist of consonants, but the Greeks added vowels and now each word has to have at least one vowel to be a real word. When the alphabet came into being, it made reading and writing so easy that everybody could do it! Not just educated smart people of a high class like scribes, but normal or poor people could do it as well – which was amazing!
The word “alphabet” became a word in English from the Latin word Alphabetum which orginated in Ancient Greek. Another word that orginated from Greek was Alphabetos, from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet. There are dozens of alphabets in use today, the most common being Latin, the one used here in America. Most of them use linear writing, but we also have some that don’t for example; Braille, fingerspelling, sign language, and Morse code.
Without the alphabet our civilazation wouldn’t be as advanced as it is today. Offices and work would not even exist! People wouldn’t be able to communicate! And books! There’d be no books in the world! Can you imagine a world without books? I can’t!