When it comes to the letter X, we need to eXplain, ABCW is not an eXacting bunch. We eXpect that finding eXact X words is eXtremely difficult, because so few eXist, though if you know your Latin, Chinese or Mexican references, you may fare a bit better.
In any case, we have long been willing to make an eXception this week – anything that starts with the X sound, or has the X look, would be an eXcellent addition. We won’t eXclude you, because we don’t want to tamp down your eXuberance, or make you so eXhausted that you run for the eXits, uttering an eXpletive! We want you to eXcel, and stay on this eXcursion! Please eXamine previous X weeks to see how this works.
For those who celebrate it, Merry Xmas, which, as I have noted quite a while ago, eXperts have said eXemplifies the word Christmas!
If you’ve been exposed to ABC Wednesday for an extended period, you know we make exceptions from the explicit, exacting requirement to have your topic start with X.
We’ll accept words starting with ex as an acceptable exhortation, or objects looking like the letter X, as well as X-ray or xylophone.
After several rounds, you may have exhausted your vocabulary. It’s no exaggeration that it has become extraordinarily difficult to find enough X words, so we’ve expanded the definition.
As long as we can extrapolate some extra meaning related to X, we won’t excommunicate you from the excitement.
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!