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->''"It must be American. Who else would think 'extra' starts with an X?"''
-->-- '''[[Literature/{{Dracula}} Mina]] [[ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Murray]]''' on the [[Series/FireballXL5 XL4 rocketship]].

Sometimes a character will need to come up with a word that starts with a certain letter, but wants or needs to say one that doesn't qualify. The solution: stick the necessary letter in front of the desired word and call it a day! Often done to make a word fit into an [[FunWithAcronyms acronym]].

Compare XtremeKoolLetterz, RecursiveAcronym.


* In the UK in the 1970s, the Green Cross ran a PSA campaign with Creator/JonPertwee (who had at that time left ''Series/DoctorWho'' two years ago but was still obviously playing the same character in the ad) teaching children how to cross the road with the catchy acronym "SPLINK". Almost every single one of the letters is shoehorned, or linked to the most tenuous word in the sentence, which is one of the many reasons why the [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4690160.stm BBC officially identified it]] as [[SoBadItsGood so bizarre as to be one of the all-time-classics of the PSA genre]].
-->S -- First find a '''S'''afe place to cross, then stop
-->P -- Stand on the '''P'''avement near the kerb
-->L -- '''L'''ook all round for traffic and listen
-->I -- '''I'''f traffic is coming, let it pass
-->N -- When there is '''N'''o traffic near, walk straight across the road
-->K -- '''K'''eep looking and listening for traffic while you cross

* Subverted in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', where FLEIJA stood for "Field Limitary Effective Implosion Armament". Yes, they didn't even bother to stick anything to the "J". The shameful thing is, the reason for the name is to keep within the ThemeNaming of the series, and the accepted fan-made acronym of FREYA (standing for Fusion [=REaction=] Yield Armament) works just as well.

* In one of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' comics, Homer tells Bart about the "Three S's of fishing". The last one is ''ssssbait''.
* Inverted in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Calvin's [[GirlsHaveCooties anti-girl club]] needs a snappy, memorable name. He and Hobbes eventually come up with "'''G'''et '''R'''id '''O'''f '''S'''limy Girl'''S'''", or G.R.O.S.S.
* "QT Bunny" has shoehorned Qs in spades. [[CaptainObvious Starting with the title. Of course it means "Cutie".]]

* In ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' short "Sing a Song of Six Pants", the stooges are trying to guess the name of the owner of a suit when they know his initials are TH. They come up with [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Hoosevelt]] and Thomas Hedison.
* In ''Dance Flick'', after one character says there's no 'I' in 'team', the other character suggests some synonyms, none of which have 'I' either, until he gets to '''i-''nsemble'. For his efforts, he is responded with a LampshadeHanging that he mispronounced the word to make it sound like it had an 'I'.

* Creator/EdwardGorey's alphabetical poems would often use, [[XtremeKoolLetterz for X, words that actually begin with an E, such as "excited."]]
* In ''Literature/TheSacredDiaryOfAdrianPlass'', Adrian has to come up with a sermon based around three alliterative bullet points starting with H, but can't think of a third one and keeps getting absurd unrelated suggestions.
* Creator/JamesThurber has a story called "The State of Bontana" in which characters, challenged to think of a state beginning with B (there isn't one), guess "Bontana", "Butah", and "Bassachusetts", among others. The payoff is when the next challenge is to name a bird, and one of them says "Beagle!"
* In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Granny Weatherwax tells King Verence that the elves lacks something, begins with 'M', the ability to see things from another person's point of view. Verence tries to see things from Granny's point of view and realizes that the word she's looking for is 'empathy'.
* ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'' gives the two sides in the EnglishCivilWar alliterative epithets, one of them forcing the alliteration: The Cavaliers were "Wrong but Wromantic," whereas the Roundheads were "Right but Repulsive."
* The ''Sweet Pickles'' series of children's books has a cast of 26 animal characters, one for each letter of the alphabet. The letters U and X must have been problematic, hence the presence of Unique Unicorn and X-rating [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_ground_squirrel Xerus]].
* According to Sue Grafton, the 'N' volume of ''[[Literature/KinseyMillhone The Alphabet Mysteries]]'' was originally going to be named "N is for Knoxville".
* Creator/AlFranken in ''Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot'' proposes complementing the v-chip designed to block violent television programs with a chip for every other letter of the alphabet. The h-chip blocks any program portraying whores, with this excuse provided for the initial: "Research shows most people believe that 'whore' starts with an 'h.'"

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On one [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-25-2007/alphabet toss]] between ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'', Jon Stewart made fun of Creator/StephenColbert for playing the letter "Z" on ''Series/SesameStreet: All-Star Alphabet'', leading to this exchange:
--> '''Stephen:''' Yeah, you know what "z" stands for, Jon: ''[[{{Revenge}} zrevenge]]''!
--> '''Jon:''' See you in a minute, Stephen!
--> '''Stephen:''' ''I will have my zvengeance!''
* During a game of "90 Second Alphabet" on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'': Greg Proops was made to start his line with the letter X, and spat out, "X-actly no!" even holding up his arms in the shape of an X for emphasis.
* Challenging the rest of the family to guess the name of a big-band leader with the initials "EC", [[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker]] said the answer was "Xavier Cugat". When Mike told him that "Xavier" begins with an "X", Archie insisted that "No human being begins their name with an 'X'!" and that Xavier was spelled "E-G-Z-A-V-E-R".
* One episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' featured the 'bots signing up to walk marathons for various long-winded charities. When Crow stated he was walking for WALKATHON, he had to explain to Mike that it was [[FunWithAcronyms an acronym]], not Walk-A-Thon itself.
--> '''Crow:''' It stands for "Walkers At Large Kinetically Altruistic Through Hygiene Or Nowledge".
--> '''Mike:''' ..."Knowledge" with an "N"?
--> '''Crow:''' Yeah, else it would be WALKATHOK, and that doesn't work.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had weapons from A to Z: from Axe to Z Other Axe.

* The musical ''Plain and Fancy'' brings on a little girl in the middle of "Plenty of Pennsylvania" to list something growing in Pennsylvania for every letter of the alphabet. She stumbles toward the end of the alphabet with "un-i-ons" and "X-plants," and for the final letter weakly suggests "zpinach" and "zauerkraut" before triumphantly emerging with "zucchini."
* A sketch in ''Pleasure at Her Majesty's'' has Alan Bennett dictating a telegram through the phone and having to explain the acronym NORWICH to the operator (NORWICH is an actual WorldWarII acronymn used by servicemen in letters to their sweethearts):
-->'''Alan Bennett:''' [dictating a telegram into the telephone] I want to end it if I may, "NORWICH". [pause] "NORWICH", yes. Well, it's an idiomatic way of saying, "Knickers Off Ready When I Come Home". You see, it's the initial letters of each word. [pause] Yes, I know "knickers" is spelt with a "K". I was at Oxford, it was one of the first things they taught us.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BillyVsSNAKEMAN'', one of the 11 D's of Pizza Delivery is D-Speed. Parodied in that Cici runs out of D-words halfway through the description and tells you to just go with it.
* In one ''VideoGame/SecondSight'' level, two guards are playing [[SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring "I Spy"]] and the letter is "E". The guesser tries "eeediot".
* ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'' has both a command and a spell for each letter of the keyboard, leading to some oddities like (z)tats and (k)limb.
** The "up" and "down" spells are respectively Y and Z, justified in universe by Y being the initial of the wizard who invented the up spell and Z being the initial of the unpronounceable [[EldritchAbomination Lord of the Underworld]].
* A series-wide example, the ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' series tends to change almost any word that starts with a hard C to a K.
* The ''VideoGame/{{KKnD}}'' series stands for "Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy". Apparently, [=CKnD=] doesn't sound as dynamic.
* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/{{Impire}}'' by the representative of FAKE, the Federation of Abysmal and Kataclysmic Evil. FACE just didn't work as an acronym.
* One CosmeticAward in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' is titled "'''D'''efence '''D'''rones '''D'''on't '''D'''o '''D''''anything!". Apparently no price is too high for alliteration.

* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'': In [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2814 this comic]] T-Rex discusses the 10 Fs for living happily: "friendship, fitness, family, financialsuccess, frugality, futrition, flessening salt intake, foderating alcohol intake, fiminishing stress, and fatching your blood pressure." At the end he also answers a question by saying "...FFFROBABLY??"
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', in [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/6/11/ this comic]] about ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''.
-->'''General:''' We call it the [[FunWithAcronyms Kinetic Ingestion Regulator Bio-Yorganism]].\\
'''Meta Knight''': Yorganism?\\
'''General:''' Y is kind of a tricky letter.
* From ''{{Hiimdaisy}}'''s ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' comic:
-->'''Shadow Teddie''': The word of the day is: [[MoodWhiplash FUTILE!]] As in: "Your futile existence has no meaning." Chie, do you know any other words that start with F?\\
'''Chie''': [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Fsteak]].\\
'''Shadow Teddie''': Excellent.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Wiki/TVTropes' love for AddedAlliterativeAppeal gets us into trouble now and again; witness PstandardPsychicPstance, PsmithPsyndrome, KafkaKomedy, and VampireVannabe. (The last one is arguably justified by relating to {{vampire|Vords}}s, but it still counts—as does the VampireVords trope itself.)
* This is how ''FobbiesAreBorange'' got its name. A Starmen.net forum member suggested a mnemonic to tell apart two {{Palette Swap}}ped enemies in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'': "Fo'''pp'''ies are '''p'''ink, and Fo'''bb'''ies are '''b'''orange."
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "pizzaz", Strong Bad claims that the secret to his pizzazz involves "the Three [=Gs=]": gumption, gum, and "...gargle. Minty gargle."
** From the sbemail "theme song", "Join the e-niversity e-volution e-day. [[VerbalBackspace Uh, well, today]]. [[LampshadeHanging That last one didn't quite work out]]."
** In "love poems", Homestar attempts to write an acrostic poem about Marzipan, and uses foodstuffs to begin each line. On "i" he tries to get away with "inchiladas".
* Creator/{{Tobuscus}} has a RunningGag of trying to make the color of shirt he's wearing in his [=LazyVlogs=] match the day of the week, resulting in such gems as "Thpurple Thursday".
* One of the RunningGags from [[Website/{{Cracked}} Cracked TV]] was Michael Swaim using his last name as an [[FunWithAcronyms acronym]] for various things. On the first episode of his newer series Does Not Compute he introduces a new segment: Swaim sWimulates A (human) [=IMotion=], before remarking on how bad the acronym is.
* In his review of ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows'', [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] described its predecessor ''VideoGame/SpiderMan2'' as having a web-slinging mechanic that was "fun, fast, flowing, f... intuitive."
** "[[Videogame/SeriousSam BFE]] stands for Before First Encounter. Not, as I had first believed, Big Fucking ''Egun''."
* ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'': A running joke on the podcast is that [[Main/MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena "MOBA"]] stands for [[VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients "Mefense Of Be Ancients."]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Used as a RunningGag on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with Krusty. He's so far had a "Krusty Komedy Klassic" ([[WhatAnIdiot at the Apollo theatre in Harlem]]), a Krusty Kharity Klassic, Kamp Krusty, etc.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Almost all software written for [[UsefulNotes/{{UNIX}} KDE]] has the name with "K", preferably as the first letter. If there's no synonym, "K" may replace "c" or "q". Failing that, it's shoehorned. [=Killbots, Karbon, Konqueror, KoolDock, Okular, Klear, KBattleship=]...
* A joke: {{Franchise/Zorro}} saves a DumbBlonde from an unspecified danger. Then he asks: "Do you know who saved you?" She answers in the negative. He points at the Z: "That's the first letter of my name!" She says: "Ohhh, now I get it! Thank you, [[{{Superman}} Zuperman]]!" (This joke makes more sense in Latin American Spanish, since Z and S sound the same)
* [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]]'s (somewhat tasteless) summary of the Rock n' Roll lifestyle is what he calls The Three M's: "Music, Money, and [=MmmmPussy=]!" One comedian mocked him thusly:
--> "If ''my'' grandfather ever says '[=MmmmPussy=]!', he's thinking about '''eating the cat.'''"
* Sometimes seen in posters, books, etc. of the alphabet where each letter is accompanied by a word that starts with that letter. If "x" isn't represented by "xylophone" or "X-ray", it'll be "ox" or "axe".
* The "three Rs" of Education: Reading, [=wRiting=] and [=aRithmetic=]. While 'writing' has the excuse of sounding like it starts with an 'R' and the first syllable or 'arithmetic' is how the letter 'r' is pronounced in some dialects, it still counts.
** In a similar vein: FourX. Should be Four ''E'', but XMakesAnythingCool.
** Words starting with "ex" are almost always abbreviated to X [[FunWithAcronyms in acronyms]], probably because what else are you going to use Xs for? (And it avoids overloading Es, the most common letter in English.)
* Something very common with crosswords is that people will change the letters in a word in order to make it fit.
* The Ku Klux Klan is an [[DudeNotFunny unfortunate]] example.
* Some evolutionary biologists (well, Dr Jack Cohen, anyway) refer to the Four Fs; significant developments that evolved independently multiple times, and that if the whole of evolution was restarted (or we found alien life) we would expect to evolve again. They are Fur, Flight, Fotosynthesis, and F...er, Fsexual Reproduction.
* Similarly, ethologists sometimes talk about the four Fs of basic animal behavior: Fighting, Fleeing, Feeding and F... [[LastSecondWordSwap ornication]].
* A rare example of AVOIDING repeating a letter, chess annotations use B for Bishop, R for Rook, Q for Queen, K for King, and N for kNight.
* Similarly, in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the colors are represented as B for Black, R for Red, G for Green, W for White, and U for blUe.
* When abbreviating weekdays to their first letters, it isn't uncommon to see Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, thuRsday, and Friday. There are various solutions to the Saturday/Sunday conflict as well.