A History of the Letter B and Commonly Misspelled Words

The letter B was part of the Phoenician alphabet more than 3000 years ago. At that time, the letter was called beth and looked slightly different; however, it made the same sound it makes today, and was second in the alphabet. At that time, the shape of the letter looked like the floor plan of a house; the word “beth” meant house both in Phoenician and Hebrew. 

In Greek, the letter B was called beta. In English, we now use the word beta to refer to the second in any series. In the technology field, beta refers to the version of a program or application that’s shown to a small group of users before it’s made available to the public. Beta testing refers to rolling out the trial version of the software or application. 

And now, onto the commonly misspelled words beginning with the letter B:

bachelor
balance
ballet
balloon
bankruptcy
barbarian
barbaric
barbecue
barbiturate
bargain
basically
battalion
bazaar
beautiful
beggar
beginning
behavior
beneficial
benefited
bilingual
biography
biscuit
bisect
bizarre
blasphemy
bologna
bookkeeper
bouillon
boulevard
boundary
boycott
bracelet
brackets
buffet
buoyant
bureaucrat
burial

How many of these do you misspell? Feel free to comment below.

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