A CDC that seems perplexed by the abcs of containing a highly predictable outbreak.
Another was convicted of waterboarding his own young daughter for failing to know her abcs.
When I learned my abcs, they taught us our Aleph-Bet at the same time.
"the alphabet," late 13c., abece. Sense "rudiments or fundamentals (of a subject)" is from late 14c. From 1944 (in a "Billboard" headline) as a shortening of American Broadcasting Company. Related: ABCs.