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Alphabet Using English

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Here is the alphabet letter pair system which I created years ago; and which is still useful.

It may be good to have two AA-ZZ image systems: one to represent shorthand (see the shorthand lesson); and one to literally represent letter pairs.

Letter Pair Image it inspires
AA aardvark
AB abbot
AC ace
AD adder
AE aeroplane
AF afternoon
AG aged
AH ah
AI air balloon
AJ adjudge
AK ache
AL Alps
AM ammunition
AN ant
AO aerosol
AP alphabet chart
AQ aquarium
AR arrow
AS astro
AT atlas
AU automobile
AV avenue
AW awkward
AX axe
AY (h)ay
BA bat
BB bubble
BC bicycle
BD bed
BE seat-belt
BF beef joint
BG bag
BH beehive
BI biscuit
BJ badge
BK book
BL bell
BM bomb
BN bean
BO bone
BP bap
BQ barbecue
BR bear
BS bus
BT bet
BU butter
BV beaver
BW bow by a servant
BX boxer
BY boy
CA cab (taxi)
CB cupboard
CC cocoa
CD cod
CE cue
CF coffee
CG cog
CH chest (furniture)
CI city
CJ cudgel
CK cook
CL coal
CM comb
CN cone
CO coo
CP coupon
CQ cheque
CR cross
CS Cos lettuce
CT coat
CU cucumber
CV cave
CW cow
CX cox
CY coy
DA dark horse
DB dub
DC decode
DD diddle
DE dentist
DF dufflecoat
DG dog
DH dough
DI digger
DJ Dijon mustard
DK duck
DL doll
DM dumb-bell
DN dune
DO doe
DP deep
DQ discotheque
DR drug
DS dust
DT dot
DU duke
DV dove
DW dew
DX docks
DY DIY (do-it-yourself)
EA eagle
EB ebony
EC ecclesiastical
ED edit
EE electric circuit
EF effervescent (eg. aspirin in water)
EG egg
EH enough
EI emissary
EJ eject
EK E-key
EL elf
EM empire
EN enclosure
EO elbow
EP escape
EQ equestrian
ER (Queen) Elizabeth I
ES Espana (Spain)
ET Extra Terrestrial
EU Europe
EV Evergreen
EW East-West
EX Excalibur
EY eye
FA Football Association
FB football
FC facsimile
FD food
FE ferris wheel
FF fervour
FG foghorn
FH froth
FI thistle
FJ fudge
FK fake
FL felt-tip
FM thimble
FN phone
FO fossil
FP flipper
FQ flock
FR fridge
FS fuse
FT fleeting
FU fur
FV five points of a star
FW few
FX fox
FY foyer
GA gambler
GB gob
GC geek
GD glade
GE gentleman
GF giraffe
GG gig
GH glass house
GI gin
GJ gadget
GK Green Knight
GL glass
GM gum
GN gondola
GO gold
GP gap
GQ golf-course
GR graduate
GS ghost
GT guttering
GU gull
GV gavel
GW gown
GX (secret) agent
GY grey cloud
HA hand
HB hub
HC hitch a knot
HD hard nut
HE hello
HF hearth
HG huge giant dinosaur
HH house-hunt (e.g. an estate agent image)
HI hippopotamus
HJ hedge
HK handkerchief
HL hail
HM ham
HN honey pot
HO hose
HP hop
HQ hockey
HR hair
HS hydro-source
HT hut
HU hunter
HV heaven
HW hawking
HX hoax
HY hay stack
IA I say
IB Ibiza
IC Icarus
ID id
IE ire
IF iffy
IG igneous rock
IH inshore
II innings
IJ Ijsselmeer : lake in the Netherlands
IK Ikebana : Japanese art of flower-arranging
IL illegal
IM imaginary number
IN inn
IO ion
IP imperial
IQ IQ
IR irrational
IS h'Istoric [historic] art
IT italic
IU IOU
IV Ivy
IW Willow
IX Ixion: a king on a wheel
IY inventory
JA jar
JB jab
JC job centre
JD jade
JE jet
JF Jaffa (e.g. an orange from there)
JG jug
JH Junior high school
JI jitters
JJ J. Jameson [eg. Spiderman newspaper editor]/jester's jape
JK Jason Kay (eg. musician)/jockey
JL jewel
JM jam
JN juniper bush
JO joust
JP Justice of the Peace
JQ JoaQuim Phoenix (eg. actor)/JacQues (a person. e.g. Frenchman)
JR jeer
JS juice
JT jot
JU jungle
JV jive
JW jowl
JX jacks (child's game with small metal X shapes)
JY joy
KA kangaroo
KB kibbutz
KC Kensington and Chelsea (in London)
KD kid
KE ketchup
KF Kafka (e.g. his story involving a beetle)
KG King Kong
KH Kitchen-holder (a holder for tabasco sauce bottles)
KI kilogram weight
KJ a member/fan of pop group KaJagoogoo/Kinka Jou : mammal of the racoon family
KK Kiki Dee (eg. singer)/KiosK
KL kilt
KM kimono
KN knave
KO koala
KP kipper
KQ King Edward [no Q, I know!]/cockerel [has a Q sound at least]
KR Krypton
KS kiss
KT kite
KU kung fu
KV Kelvin
KW skewer
KX kicks
KY key
LA laser
LB laboratory coat
LC lice
LD lead pencil
LE lean
LF leaf
LG log
LH light
LI lip
LJ ledger
LK lock
LL lollie
LM lamp
LN lantern
LO long life product
LP leopard
LQ liquor
LR liar
LS lasso
LT lottery
LU lumber
LV liver
LW lawn
LX laxative
LY ley
MA Marble Arch
MB mobile
MC merchant
MD media
ME mentor
MF muffler
MG magnet
MH maharaja
MI mint
MJ major
MK monkey
ML mole
MM mime
MN manager
MO molasses
MP mop bucket
MQ marquis
MR marble
MS moss
MT mat
MU mule
MV move
MW mow
MX maximum
MY mayor
NA nap
NB knob
NC nectarine
ND nudge
NE nest
NF knife
NG nag
NH Noah
NI Nib
NJ New Jersey
NK neck
NL Nile
NM nomenclature
NN noon
NO knocker
NP nip
NQ eunuch
NR Norse
NS Nostradamus
NT net
NU nuclear
NV navy
NW newt
NX nicks
NY New York
OA oat
OB oboe
OC octopus
OD odd (e.g. socks)
OE over-eager
OF officer
OG ogler
OH othello
OI oil
OJ Official Journal
OK OK (someone signalling OK)
OL olive
OM omelette
ON onion
OO dodo
OP opera
OQ old quill
OR orbit
OS ostrich
OT otter
OU out-wit
OV oven
OW owl
OX ox
OY Oy! (exclamation)
PA panda
PB Public house
PC pacemaker
PD pod
PE pear
PF puff
PG pig
PH Pharaoh
PI pie
PJ pageant
PK pick
PL polecat
PM pram
PN pan
PO postman
PP pepper
PQ peek
PR pry
PS piste
PT pet
PU puddle
PV paving
PW power-dressing
PX pocks
PY pagan
QA quartz
QB quibble
QC quack
QD quadrant
QE queue
QF quiff
QG QUANGO
QH Don Quixote
QI quiet
QJ Quincy Jones [eg. musician]/squeegee [specialised mop]
QK Queen Victoria [No K letter. I know!]/Quaker
QL quell
QM Qumran (location near the Dead Sea)
QN queen
QO quoits
QP quip
QQ Queen Mary [only one Q I know!]/quamquam (Latin professor presenting Latin)
QR quarantine
QS Queensland
QT quote
QU quadrille
QV quiver
QW quaint
QX quicksand
QY quandary
RA rainbow
RB rabbit
RC race
RD reed
RE referee
RF reef
RG rug
RH road-house
RI risk
RJ reject
RK rake
RL reel
RM roam
RN ring
RO rook
RP rope
RQ request
RR re-run
RS rose
RT rot
RU run
RV rave
RW row
RX rocks
RY ray
SA sangria
SB submarine
SC scythe
SD cider sediment
SE sealing tape
SF sofa (sofa cushion)
SG sponge
SH shell
SI siphon
SJ star jump
SK suck
SL sleight of hand
SM sewing-machine
SN sneeze
SO soloist
SP spaghetti
SQ squire
SR cereal
SS scissors
ST step-ladder
SU slug
SV sleeve
SW swatter
SX saxophone
SY synthesiser
TA tank
TB tablet
TC ticket
TD toad
TE tent
TF toffee
TG tag
TH thrust
TI timpani
TJ T-junction
TK truck
TL till
TM thumb
TN tan
TO tomb
TP tap
TQ tranquil
TR train
TS toast
TT tart
TU turtle
TV television
TW time-waste
TX tax
TY toy
UA under attack
UB ubiquitous
UC unicorn
UD udder
UE upper storey
UF Unidentified Flying Object
UG ugly
UH lurch
UI under inspection
UJ under judge
UK United Kingdom
UL ulcer
UM umbrella
UN ungrateful
UO unbound
UP (one-)upmanship
UQ unquestionable
UR urban
US user-friendly
UT utensil
UU ululate
UV unveil
UW under-water
UX tuxedo
UY New Year
VA vacation
VB vibration
VC vaccination
VD video
VE vending machine
VF vegetarian food
VG visage
VH vehicle
VI vintage wine
VJ vigil
VK vocal performer
VL violin
VM venom
VN vine
VO voltmeter
VP Very Important Person
VQ very quick
VR verge
VS vice
VT veterinary surgeon
VU vulcanised rubber
VV viva
VW vow
VX vixen
VY very young
WA whale
WB web
WC winch
WD weed
WE weep
WF whiff
WG wig
WH wheel
WI whip
WJ we(dg)e (sounds like j)
WK wok
WL will (testament)
WM wimp
WN window
WO wood
WP weapon
WQ wi(ck)er (a hard sound a bit like q)
WR wire
WS whistle
WT wheat
WU wind-up
WV weaver
WW wigwam
WX wax
WY weigh
XA ape
XB bear trap
XC cat (adult)
XD dog's toy
XE elephant
XF frog-like
XG gun soldier
XH sea-horse
XI icy Eskimo
XJ Jackson
XK kitten
XL leotard of a ballerina
XM mollusc
XN Neolithic man
XO Oxygen
XP python
XQ quail
XR robot
XS spaceman
XT tyrannosaurus
XU exhume
XV vendor
XW veiled widow
XX X-rated (e.g. a censored publication)
XY Mathematician
YA yawn
YB belt
YC yacht
YD denim clothing
YE yeast
YF flares
YG yoghurt
YH yee-hah !
YI yield
YJ jacket
YK yeuch !
YL yolk
YM yam
YN Yen
YO young
YP yap
YQ equaliser
YR year
YS yesterday
YT Yeti
YU ultraviolet lamp
YV video camera
YW waste-paper basket
YX xenophobe
YY yo-yo
ZA zap
ZB beret
ZC saCk
ZD soda
ZE zeal
ZF safe
ZG saga
ZH humidity
ZI intimacy
ZJ jog
ZK zoo-keeper
ZL liquorice
ZM museum
ZN nomination
ZO overture
ZP patient
ZQ eQuator
ZR tsar
ZS Zeus
ZT sit
ZU Zulu
ZV visa
ZW weasel
ZX eXit
ZY yard
AZ A-Z telephone directory
BZ buzzer
CZ cosy (e.g. a pet's basket)
DZ doze
EZ excitement
FZ fizz (eg. shaken fizzy drink bottle)
GZ grazing horse
HZ haze
IZ (w)izard
JZ jazz
KZ cruise
LZ lizard
MZ maze
NZ New Zealand (e.g. a Maori)
OZ ozone
PZ pizza
QZ quiz
RZ razor
SZ Suez Canal
TZ trouser zipper
UZ (p)uzzle
VZ visor
WZ wheeze
XZ zebra
YZ zucchini
ZZ Zorro

Note: Since we are on the subject of representing letters, here are some images for representing punctuation too...


Symbol Looks a bit like
$ dollar shape as a jewellery pendant
% unicyclist
& rounded Russian doll
' drawing pin
( (L)ava maggot
) hair grip
* prop star
+ car nut loosening tool
, rusty nail
- length of wood
. currant
/ (L)oft hatch door
: cuff link
; fang
< (L)oud speaker
= ladder
> bellows of a blacksmith
? coat hanger
@ paperclip
¿ wheelchair
! pogo stick
" clothes peg
# hash brown
£ pound coin
¢ hack saw
[ (L)ozenge sweet
\ slide of a playground
] fridge magnet
^ dunce's hat
_ scoreboard
` CCTV camera
{ (L)id of bin
¦ drain pipe
} bull-clip
~ drill bit