Zeta Tau Alpha is known as a fraternity, not as a
sorority. The Founders intended Zeta Tau Alpha be
designated a "fraternity" to distinguish the
organization from the sisterhoods organized in
connection with men's fraternities, called
Though dedicated to the formation of a Greek-letter group, the band of nine delayed inselecting a formal name. A temporary name of "???" was taken when, as legend has it, a member of another group met with the Founders.
Raising her eyebrows and forming her fingers in the shape of a question mark, she asked "Who are you?" In unison, the group answered "Yes, Who? Who? Who?" Thus, the group came to be known as "???" while they sought an appropriate Greek name and symbols.