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To think X is NOT for Fox

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Fucking can't have every other letter using word starting with said letter then throw in "X is for a fox a at the end of his tail"

F is for Fox....F

Guiltismymaster Wed 14-Oct-15 11:50:24

Is it 'is for Fox' or 'as in Fox'? Problem is that at the beginning of a word it makes a different sound.

reni2 Wed 14-Oct-15 11:51:41

I suppose "X is for Xenopus" doesn't flow as easily?

Egosumquisum Wed 14-Oct-15 11:53:37

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wanderings Wed 14-Oct-15 11:53:40

I remember being very annoyed by this at the age of 5! I remember seeing "axe, box, fox..." on various alphabet charts. X-ray or Xmas were acceptable in my view.

experiencedhider Wed 14-Oct-15 11:54:09

YANBU This annoys me too!

HaydeeofMonteCristo Wed 14-Oct-15 11:54:19

Xenophobe? That's the first that sprung to mind.

There are lots here:

Not sure any would be suitable for a primary school class.

What was wrong with good old xylophone?

jeanmiguelfangio Wed 14-Oct-15 11:55:27

Sooty is the same!! The abc dvd has x at the end of something! What on earth is wrong with x-ray!!!

Duggee Wed 14-Oct-15 11:58:06

They are trying to get the x sound on its own. Xylophone has an "ex" sound rather than a short x.

ConstanceMarkYaBitch Wed 14-Oct-15 12:00:11

Xylophone makes a Z sound. Its a terrible example for X.

BoomBoomsCousin Wed 14-Oct-15 12:13:12

But X often sounds like Z.

You don't say "Y is for sillY" because Yellow is more of a J sound.

fredfredgeorgejnrsnr Wed 14-Oct-15 12:15:10

Wouldn't ox therefore be better, as it as more of just the x sound?

SoupDragon Wed 14-Oct-15 12:15:11

because Yellow is more of a J sound.


CocoPlum Wed 14-Oct-15 12:17:20

The sound x is supposed to be like saying "'k-s" according to our jolly phonics book, which is why as in Fox is a good example. X as in x-ray is the letter name.

As for yellow is more of a J sound - WTAF??

Osolea Wed 14-Oct-15 12:18:14

X ray doesn't make the right sound.

Arkkorox Wed 14-Oct-15 12:21:16

Yellow Yellow Yellow

Yeah I'm not getting the J.

DearTeddyRobinson Wed 14-Oct-15 12:24:56

Oh oh and it's not a squiggle stick, it's a friggin CRAYON. Hate that programme!

Hobbes8 Wed 14-Oct-15 12:27:40

I've got an app on my iPad which uses fox for X. It's in an American accent so it sounds like fucks.

BertieBotts Wed 14-Oct-15 12:30:56

J in many languages is pronounced as the English Y in yellow. The international phonetic alphabet symbol for the y-in-yellow sound is /j/.

BolshierAryaStark Wed 14-Oct-15 12:33:57

Yeah I had exactly the same thought when DD used to watch that shite.
Not getting the J sound in yellow...

LegoClone Wed 14-Oct-15 12:34:42

Thank you Egosumquisum grin

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 14-Oct-15 12:40:00

Isn't because squigglet is based on phonics , and phonics really doesn't work for most some of the English language so they have to bodge it.

BeaBoo Wed 14-Oct-15 12:48:48

This irritates the life out of me. DD loves to watch it and I just have to put up with it angry

laffymeal Wed 14-Oct-15 12:50:37

We use X is for Fox in jolly phonics. You need a word that actually uses the sound. Words beginning with X don't do it.

TheNewStatesman Wed 14-Oct-15 12:51:18

"But X often sounds like Z."

Only in words like xenophobe, which young children are unlikely to come across.

They are most likely to come across the letter x in words like box and six. Hence, this example is used.

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