The third Hebrew letter went like this:
- I have discovered a deeper meaning in blueberries. I wrote about it in a letter to the world, but don't know what to put on the envelope. Can you please tell me the world's address?
To which the editor responded with the fourth Hebrew letter.
Gimel is the third letter of many Semitic alphabets, including Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew ג, Syriac ܓ and Arabic ǧīm ج (in alphabetical order; 5th in spelling order). Its sound value in the original Phoenician and in all derived alphabets, save Arabic, is a voiced velar plosive [ɡ]; in Modern Standard Arabic, it represents [d͡ʒ], yet other pronunciations are permissible.
In its unattested Proto-Canaanite form, the letter may have been named after a weapon that was either a staff sling or a throwing stick, ultimately deriving from a Proto-Sinaitic glyph based on a hieroglyph.