What child doesn’t love singing the L-M-N-O-P part of the alphabet?
Well apparently there's a new version of the classic alphabet song that was created in order to clarify the ‘L-M-N-O-P’ section of the lyrics, which kids (and adults!) typically group together, resulting in the famous ‘elemenopee.’
The new slowed-down version has been put together by a YouTube channel Dream English Kids to help children learn English when it is not their first language and though it was originally made in 2012 it has been brought to light by a comedian who took to Twitter to express his upset of the new version.
They changed the ABC song to clarify the LMNOP part, and it is life ruining. pic.twitter.com/TnZL8VutnW— Noah Garfinkel (@NoahGarfinkel) October 26, 2019
For the most part the Internet rallied behind the original elemenopee, with many horrified by the new version.
"They" can pry the original LMNOP out of my cold dead hands— Emília 🎗 💗💛💙 🏳️🌈 💙❤🖤 (@RogueBlue5) October 26, 2019
No. Absolutely not. No. No. No.— Vamp Capital 🧛🏽♂️ (@RampCapitalLLC) October 26, 2019
There are things that deserve change, but not this. Nope pic.twitter.com/S0i38uVTxB— Gionny (@dudewhatf) October 27, 2019
LM-NOP-E— Scare-a Harvey 🦇 (@SaraHarvy) October 27, 2019
The debate was continued on this morning’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ where presenters Ben Shepard and Susanna Reid expressed their discomfort at the jarring of the new song.
'Make it stop! It's all sorts of wrong!' 🙉😖— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) October 31, 2019
A new version of the alphabet song has ditched the musical run of letters 'L-M-N-O-P' to make it easier for children to learn English... but something tells us it won't be catching on anytime soon 😅@benshephard | @susannareid100 pic.twitter.com/CAkL8cZF6Y
But speaking to NYTimes, the man behind the slowed down version said he originally made the song to help children recognise each letter.
“The book said that if you can find an ABC song with a slow L-M-N-O-P, it is very helpful for young learners to recognise each letter,” he told the publication.
“As a musician and teacher, I decided to make my own version. That was about 10 years ago.”
He added that he was never trying to replace the classic version.
“I am not trying to change or make the new ABC song,” he said. “I simply made another version that I hope is helpful for children to learn the letters, and be able to pronounce them well. This is particularly helpful for students in countries where the English alphabet is not regularly used.”