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X is for exceptional


It is notoriously difficult to find words that start with the letter X.

Sure there are words with theses prefixes

 

xanth- yellow (xanthic acid)
xeno- having to do with foreigners (xenophilia, xenophobia)
xer- dry; dryness (Xerox)
xyr- (rare) razor; razor-like
xylo- wood (xylophone)

There are place names in China and Mexico. Latin names for plants and animals occasionally start with the letter. But this is limited.

Because finding words that start with X is such a challenge, ABC Wednesday has always been rather lax on the rule. If the word’s first sound is like an X – extra, extract, extreme, exit, exterminator – that is acceptable.

A few people have been known to show visual representation of the letter, such as in fences, lattices and railroad crossings.

Of course, this time of year, Xmas is quite popular. The term, BTW, is neither new nor insulting, since the X has stood for Jesus for about a millennium.

To that end, merry Xmas everyone!