Sunday, November 27, 2005


We've now accumulated in our home about three dozen books that teach the alphabet basics. You know - A for apple, B for ball, etc. Then you come to the one enigmatic letter of the alphabet - the letter X. And there it is - X for (can you guess?)... X for xylophone. Then you go to book #2 and what do we have... X for xylophone. Book #3: x for xylophone. Book #4 - 38: x for xylophone. That's right - xylophone in EVERY single book. Can you believe it? It has finally dawned on me... X is the stupidest letter of the alphabet. There is absolutely no reason for it. As far as I can tell, xylophone is about the only word that starts with it and I'm sure we could come up with a new home for this outdated musical instrument. In fact, I don't want to overstep my boundary, but I imagine the Z's would be more than happy to adopt xylophone into its family. Xylophone vs Zylophone? Same difference. Even pronounced the same. Is it just me or does it not strike you as a bit odd that we created such a useless letter in the alphabet to begin with? It's a waste, is it not? Who is responsible for this anyway? I don't get it. I'll bet once upon a time the alphabet makers were all ready to call it a wrap with 25 letters and present their findings to the alphabet committee when this one loser in the group was ticked off because nobody liked any of his letters. So out of sympathy and to shut him up, they let him have one letter and make up one word to justify the letter's existence. Hence, the birth of the letter X and the xylophone. No need for either but it looks like we're stuck with both so no use complaining.


At 2:49 PM, Blogger David Cowan said...

Xactly what I would Xpect from a committee--Xcellent Xample of a sorry Xcuse for an Xtra letter.

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wuld I sine my name witout a X?

At 2:46 PM, Blogger the duck said...

I've noticed in my daughter's books and such nowadays that X regularly stands for x-ray. Just in case you were interested, which you seemed to be.

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