The Brash, Unyielding B

Like leviathans afloat Lay their bulwarks on the brine, While the sign of battle flew On the lofty British line.

The Battle of the Baltic Thomas Campbell

The Phoenician symbol for the B was originally named Beth, meaning house. After the Greeks incorporated it into their alphabet and modified its shape to resemble the modern B, it was renamed Beta.

Like the beating of a big bass drum, the letter B's powerful tones are associated with all things booming and belligerent. This low frequency sound is designed carry long distances through the air and has an unmistakable intimidation effect. Pronounced with an aggressive explosion of air from both lips, this bilabial letter initializes the words boastful, blustery, bawdy, beat, break, beastly, burly, bickering, blunt, battling, brutish, bullying, and brave. The more Bs appearing in a word, the darker its tone; Beelzebub, bomb, boo-boo, barbarian, and backbreaking. If the letter B were an animal, it would be a bucking bronco, a badger, a bull, or a bear.

The B is also the first word of the Old Testament in Hebrew: Bereishit (in the beginning). And when used as the initial letter of modern first names its commanding power imbues its owners with its brawny spirit, as seen in the traditional meanings of the names; Bernard (bold as a bear), Brock (badger), Burton (fortress), Brant (strong one) and Bridget (strength).

B people are typically more assertive than most and exhibit a distinct lack of fear when it comes to their career choices. The B's reliance on brawn, rather than brains, explains why they have a high chance of success in the hurly burly of politics and professional sports, but tend to struggle in the arts and medical fields.