Archaeologists discovered the oldest Canaanite letter list, dating back to 1300 BC. The first symbol was an ox, aleph. As David Sacks writes in Letter Perfect, “Because aleph came first for the Bronze Age Semites, the letter A comes first for us,” in English.
The Canaanite alphabet traveled through the Phoenicians to the Greek (in the Western world.) There, the letter aleph became alpha. The Phoenician letter A used to be laying down (in our view of things). But the Greeks stood it up! From Greece this alphabet traveled to Italy (ca. 700 BC,) then France and finally to England, during the time of the Norman Conquest (1066 AD.)
For English speaking children, the letter A is ingrained in us from childhood. In America, it signifies excellence, such as schoolwork, many of the best foods and even monetary bonds are graded with an A. How many businesses use CCC (and not AAA) before its name? I don’t think you’ll find them, unless they are initals for words. The only time the letter A has been used to denote disaster is in medieval Europe and Puritan England (and America), when an adulterer was force to wear the letter A on his or her clothing (see The Scarlet Letter!)
Come by Ms. Jenny’s website, …off on my tangent…
to find more about words that start with the Letter A.