For the letter "A" the word I have chosen is:
"Able" is an adjective meaning competent, equal to, prepared to, having the opportunity to, accomplish an end. To say one is able implies that he is intelligent, skillful, accomplished, or talented. Able is a powerful word and conveys confidence in the recipient of this descriptor.
Miss Lillian Bateman, my senior English teacher in high school was given to nautical references, just one of her many fascinating tricks in her repertoire. Often when she called on me she would favor me thus: "Mr. Lacy, Able Seaman, please explicate on the reading of the previous paragraph."
When she signed my yearbook she addressed me just so. I think to this day that the lady was making a sincere attempt to educe the confidence she felt I had buried within me. Other students had their pet designations, but to the best of my recollection I was the only one on whom she bestowed the adjective "able." BTW there were many kids in that class brighter than I. Too bad "bright" is not a four-letter word. Have to look elsewhere for the next post.