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I just remembered that tomorrow is show and tell.  The way it works is they assign a letter, and the child is supposed to bring in an item that begins with that letter.  Here's the kicker - it can't be a toy.  I get that - it would be horribly disruptive.

This week's letter is "x."

I think that's just a teacher being mean.

We have a toy xylophone, but it's a toy.  What the hell else is there?

Seriously?  X?  The only things the internet is coming up with is "xylophone," "x-rays," and "x-men."




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Dec. 23rd, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
"xerox" as in photocopy? Yes, I know that's a trademark name, but just like "thermos" and "aspirin" (yes, that was a trade name) they have entered common parlance now.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: Um...
I actually thought of that. They're supposed to talk about the thing they bring in though, and she has no idea what a Xerox is.

Yes - Xerox set the standard for losing a trademark that all other companies now live in fear of. That's why the jingle now says "I am stuck on Band-Aid *brand*, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me."
Dec. 23rd, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Au contraire...
A xylophone is a musical instrument!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Re: Au contraire...
I'll second what kebbykate said!

But you're going to laugh at this -- I have something she could bring in if I'd read this earlier... XANTHAN GUM.

It's used in tiny quantities to hold food together. Especially in my wheat-free crap bread. Hey, it's also an ingredient in a lot of salad dressings -- can you cheat and bring in something that USES it?

There's not a lot of other choices if you don't have any Xrays in the house...or Xena comic books. (I was curious, I browsed!
http://www.merriam-webster.com/browse/dictionary/x.htm YEAH, I'm a geek.)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Re: Au contraire...
Yes, but she's supposed to talk about what she brings - if I can't explain a xylophone (she thinks it's a "jingle bell") I'm certainly not going to be able to explain xanthan. :-)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: Au contraire...
I'm thinking about it anyhow - we have the Little Tykes xylophone.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
got any classical literature hanging about the place? I can think of Xenophon (http://www.livius.org/x/xenophon/xenophon00.html)
anything Persian? Like Xerxes (http://www.livius.org/he-hg/herodotus/hist05.htm)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Nothing a three year old can explain to the class. :-)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
I know! Xylum! You've been chopping up trees and branches, if you have a cross-section you can show it!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
i love it!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
X marks the spot. A pirate map...
Dec. 23rd, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
you beat me to it! Great minds.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
Arrrrrrrgggghhhhhh! :)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
She could take a book on Xeriscaping (sadly a 'brand' name, though it describes a method, so it shouldn't be) but I doubt at her age she'd be able to talk about it to the class. X words are all kinda tough. Call Lucy Lawless and then she can have taken Xena to class?
Dec. 23rd, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Why not let her bring an X-ray picture in?

(Like the kind the dentist uses for x-rays of teeth?)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
Google has lots of various x-ray images
Dec. 23rd, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit late to the party But a pirate treasure map where X marks the spor might work.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Her teacher is a jackass. That is all. =)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
You could try sending a picture of an Arctic fork-tailed gull (an xeme). Would that be good enough? She can just say it's a bird. Or see if there's something else on this list: http://www.crosswordsolver.org/definition/X

Or send her in with a note telling the teacher that until he/she grows some common sense, your daughter will not be taking part in his/her assignments any longer.
Dec. 26th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Well, I understand what they're getting at - it's part of them learning their letters. Some are going to be hard. I think "x" will turn out to be the worst of the batch.
Dec. 26th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
But it's not hard for the kid, in this case...the kid doesn't do any of the work except to talk about the thing. The parent is the one who has to do the hard bit, and hopefully they already KNOW their letters. Plus you can't be making ANY exemptions on a letter like X. Toys are the only things little kids have, anyway, more or less, other than food and clothing.
Dec. 24th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
So...what was the final decision? I don't want to die wondering!
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