3 May 2012

ROMAN NUMBER X

Jenny Matlock
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 If I would have titled this post an "X" post, I would have all porno spammers as "anonymous" in my comments ! And as it would be a big deception for them I don't do it.

X stands for so many things ! For example if you buy a cloth size XL it means that you are a little extra large, but if you read XL as a Roman number it would only be 40, which is a rather little size in Europe.

In Roman numbers X stands for 10. Fortunately since the 14th century, Roman numerals were largely abandoned in favor of Arabic numerals ! Fortunatly, otherwise XXX +V would be 35 imagine the space it would take on a paper. Today you still find Roman letters for Kings and Queens (George V,  Elizabeth II) There is no King or Queen who made it until X = 10 ! as far as I know.

X also stands for anonymous. "Mrs X  and her lovers" would be an attractive book title.



You still  find Roman numerals on clocks



Or coins 1986 One Ounce Eagle with date in Roman Numerals MCMLXXXVI



on gravestones or memorials



as decoration on jewelry



even for tatoos

And then why Malcolm Little who is not well known under this name, became Malcolm X ? In his autobiography, he explained why: "The Muslim's 'X' symbolized the true African family name that he never could know. For me, my 'X' replaced the white slavemaster name of 'Little' which some blue-eyed devil named Little had imposed upon my paternal forebears."

With all these Xplanations I wish you to reach the age of XC (90) at least !

18 comments:

Dominique@Dominique's Desk said...

Love your take on X.. This letter can be very mysterious.. like X marks the spot. Visiting from alpha thursday.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post dear Gattina!
I think the letter X has some mystery as well ( I guess it's about the Roman numbers and so on)
Have a nice day,
Léia

Linens and Royals said...

X marks the spot for buried treasure and is a kiss at the end of a letter or post comment. X

Cathy Kennedy said...

X symbolizes the unknown. Really good post! I loved reading your take on today's lesson.

The Impostor X

Mara said...

Imagine having to do maths with Roman numerals! You would need a lot of paper for that...

Sandy said...

very interesting.. I had to laugh though, on my post using the letter X I said, Roman numerals don't count, how wrong I was!
Good post
Sandy

edenhills said...

What a fun X post!

Karen S. said...

What an awesome selection of XXXX!

A Lady's Life said...

One always wonders how many words begin with the letter X.
Here you have shown the world that X is indeed infinite. lol

Judie said...

Gattina, I love, love, love the photo of your and your grandson. As for "X," what a useful creation it is for sure! Great post, Gattina!!!

Annesphamily said...

You are x-tra special and your photos are x-citingly lovely! Thank you for this share. Have a terrific weekend.

Ames said...

Gattina, I am trying to cipher the tatoo. What is it? Or should I ask what does it stand for?? I am not fond of Roman numerals.~Ames

Lola said...

Hi again!

Visiting from Mrs Matlock’s, thanks for stopping by and look forward to *seeing* you again soon!

Great collection – so apt!

Have a great weekend too.

Vicki/Jake said...

Or X marks the spot! Whatever spot it may be....

VBR said...

X-cellent post!
(boy o boy - i think that tattoo must have hurt getting done!!!)

jeannette said...

Yes I love the Roman X in a clock too!

Splendid Little Stars said...

most interesting!
I didn't know or forgot (what's the difference?!) about Malcolm X's name. You sure found some interesting things with X on them!

Jenny said...

Hi Miss Gattina!

I love Roman Numerals...although I don't think I would get a tattoo like that even though I think it's quite xciting!

Thanks for a wonderful link and Happy Mothers Day to you!

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