alphabetism (plural alphabetisms)
- An initialism: an abbreviation which is read letter by letter, such as UN.
- The ability to read an alphabet, a rudimentary form of literacy.
2001, Ziony Zevit, The Religions of Ancient Israel: A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches, Continuum International Publishing Group, ISBN 0826463398, page 639:
- Some of the activities involved in ... corvée and military needs stimulated the spread of a certain type of minimal alphabetism for inventorying and most likely encouraged the development of a professional scribalism for record-keeping and book-keeping.
- Excessive reliance upon the alphabet or alphabetic structures.
2006, Daniel Doron Silverman, A Critical Introduction to Phonology: Of Sound, Mind and Body, Continuum International Publishing Group, ISBN 0826486606, page 208:
- The answer, I suggest, is that phonemism is rooted in alphabetism. Indeed, many linguists have suggested that there really is a /g/ phoneme at the end of 'fang' and other [ŋ]-final words in English, except that they are not pronounced!
- Discrimination on the basis of the first letter of a name.
1983, George F. Will, The Pursuit of Virtue and Other Tory Notions, page 134:
- The injustice of "alphabetism" is, of course, a thorn in the Zitser side, and he playfully promises to assign the problem to "alphabetically neutral" aides.