New ABC "Alphabet" Song Is Sparking Outrage

For the last 184 years children have been learning their alphabet by singing a song that was copyrighted in 1835 by Boston based music publisher Charles Bradlee. Some think the time-honored "A, B, C" song (which sounds very similar to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star") has caused confusion over the years because of the way "L, M, N, O, P" are grouped together to match the song's melody.

Despite the fact that millions of children over the past 18+ decades successfully learned their alphabet using this classic song, the children’s site Dream English decided it needed an update. Their YouTube page explains that the change “was originally recorded to teach children learning English as a second or foreign language,” writes creator Matt. “I found it much easier for the children to recognize and memorize all of the letters this way. It has since caught on around the world.”

In a recent Twitter post, TV writer Noah Garfinkel shared his dismay over the change stating "They changed the ABC song to clarify the LMNOP part, and it is life ruining." Apparently a lot of people share Garfinkel's concerns - the post now has over 101,000 likes, 26,000 retweets and almost 6,000 comments, where people are agreeing that the change is “disgusting” and assigning a firm “no” on the new rendition.

In a world of constant change, maybe we are need a few traditions to cling onto.

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