I picture the letter X standing alone and crying in the Hooked on Phonics series. X is just a place holder for other sounds. For instance….
There's the "k" sound:
- example = ek-zample
- excellent = ek-se-llent
- box = bocks (like rocks, clocks, docks, mocks; you could probably even eliminate that silly "c")
...or the "z" sound:
xylophone = zylo-phone
Xerxes = Zerk-cees (this is a local ek-zample)
According to the dictionary, X can also have a "g" sound. It has no sound of its own and has the shortest section in the dictionary. It's a wonder non-native English speakers are actually able to learn this language at all.
I just feel sad for the letter X. I'm certain it didn't ask for this role in the English language. It was probably just hanging out on a map, minding its own business when someone thought, 'hey, we should make this part of the alphabet'. So now it sits between W and Y, stealing its sounds from some other letters further up the alphabet.
Phonetic trickery, that's what X is….phonetic trickery.