The X Factor

13 Jun

http://hotword.dictionary.com/algebrax/

 

I can’t really tell the fact that the letter and the mathematical symbol × are actually different entities but I agree with the British dramatist Ben Jonson on removing the 24th letter from the alphabet because x is rather an abbreviation, or way of short writing, than a letter —  it has the sound of c and s, or k and s. It has made so much more difficulty for (my) students to pronounce words such as “exercise”, “exorbitant”,  “exacerbate” or “exhaust” and “exhibition”. My two cents.

 

2 Responses to “The X Factor”

  1. Brian June 14, 2012 at 3:00 am #

    Agreed, but taking that logic a step further, wouldn’t “C” be useless as well? The letter C is either a K sound or an S sound.

    • twyankeesfan June 14, 2012 at 5:32 am #

      Ha. Maybe. So “city” would be “sity” and “cat” would be “kat”. Perhaps we need another Great Vowel Shift so that pronunciation & spelling in English could be consistent!

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