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Shocked Grandparents Claim Alphabet Toy Shouts Out The F-word

Shocked grandparents say an educational alphabet toy bought for their 18-month-old granddaughter from Boots shouts out the F-word.

Stuart and Diane Gravenell thought the LeapFrog Alpha Pup toy which cost £17 would help granddaughter Iris learn to speak.

It teaches children the alphabet and phonics and features three educational songs and a keyboard.

But when Iris’ mum Jessica Sollars took the toy out of the box she discovered that one of the songs appeared to have X-rated lyrics.

Instead of saying “One, two, chew on a shoe, three, four, bark at the door” the family claim the last part sounds like “”f*** at the door”.

Online reviews of the toy show that other worried families have also picked up on the apparent expletive.

Stuart, 56, a retired IT worker from Cheltenham, Glos., said: “When Jessica heard it she phoned us up and asked, ‘Is this some kind of joke?’

“And then when she played it to us we both heard it and I just thought, ‘oh my God! ‘.

“These things are supposed to teach children to speak properly, so you’d think they would over-enunciate correctly.”

Grandmother Diane, 58, added: “We’re not narrow-minded but it did make us all laugh.

“When we first heard it we just sat there with our mouths wide open – we couldn’t believe it!

“It’s not really good enough that a young children’s toy can be misheard as that.”

The toy is widely available from high street retailers including Boots, Argos, Asda and Tesco.

The couple said their daughter Jessica, who lives in Wallingford, Oxon, has confiscated the toy so that Iris doesn’t learn the swear word.

Stuart added: “It’s been a naughty dog, so Jessica has put it into quarantine.”

While most online reviews of the toy are positive, one Amazon user Nicole, said she also heard the mispronunciation.

She wrote: “I had to play this many times and ask lots of different people and they all agree.”

Another user, DW, replied to the review, saying, “Exactly what we thought! We guess it’s meant to say knock but it clearly sounds like what you said.”

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