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If one reads a lot of children's books, it is obvious that X is a real thorn in the side for those authors looking to have each letter of the alphabet represented in their books. Most of them either cop out with X-rayX-ray, or they make up fake words.

My copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has only 3 pages devoted to X and with the possible of exception of xeric1xeric¹ and X-rayX-ray, none of the words would be recognized as common.

Why are there so few common words in English that begin with the letter X? Why are there so few common words in English that begin with the letter X?

1. xeric may not actually be that common since it is not recognized by the spellchecker on my browser¹ xeric may not actually be that common since it is not recognized by the spellchecker in my browser

If one reads a lot of children's books, it is obvious that X is a real thorn in the side for those authors looking to have each letter of the alphabet represented in their books. Most of them either cop out with X-ray, or they make up fake words.

My copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has only 3 pages devoted to X and with the possible of exception of xeric1 and X-ray, none of the words would be recognized as common.

Why are there so few common words in English that begin with the letter X?

1. xeric may not actually be that common since it is not recognized by the spellchecker on my browser

If one reads a lot of children's books, it is obvious that X is a real thorn in the side for those authors looking to have each letter of the alphabet represented in their books. Most of them either cop out with X-ray, or they make up fake words.

My copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has only 3 pages devoted to X and with the possible of exception of xeric¹ and X-ray, none of the words would be recognized as common.

Why are there so few common words in English that begin with the letter X?

¹ xeric may not actually be that common since it is not recognized by the spellchecker in my browser

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If one reads a lot of children's books, it is obvious that X is a real thorn in the side for those authors looking to have each letter of the alphabet represented in their books. Most of them either cop out with X-ray, or they make up fake words.

My copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has only 3 pages devoted to X and with the possible of exception of xeric1 and X-ray, none of the words would be recognized as common.

Why are there so few common words in English that begin with the letter X?

1. xeric may not actually be that common since it is not recognized by the spellchecker here on SEmy browser

If one reads a lot of children's books, it is obvious that X is a real thorn in the side for those authors looking to have each letter of the alphabet represented in their books. Most of them either cop out with X-ray, or they make up fake words.

My copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has only 3 pages devoted to X and with the possible of exception of xeric1 and X-ray, none of the words would be recognized as common.

Why are there so few common words in English that begin with the letter X?

1. xeric may not actually be that common since it is not recognized by the spellchecker here on SE

If one reads a lot of children's books, it is obvious that X is a real thorn in the side for those authors looking to have each letter of the alphabet represented in their books. Most of them either cop out with X-ray, or they make up fake words.

My copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has only 3 pages devoted to X and with the possible of exception of xeric1 and X-ray, none of the words would be recognized as common.

Why are there so few common words in English that begin with the letter X?

1. xeric may not actually be that common since it is not recognized by the spellchecker on my browser

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