1 Nov 2012
THE X - DEFINITION
more participants at Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday
When I was raking my brain to find a word starting with an X, I had x ideas, which could mean that I had a lot or no ideas. Not very clear. As usual I asked my dear friend Wikipedia and I learned a lot about X !
Its use in maths, X is often used to represent unknowns in other circumstances (e.g. Person X, Place X, etc.; see also Malcolm X). What I don't understand is why a person, a place or even dear Malcom has to do with maths ??
X-rays are so called because their discoverer did not know what they were. That happens often with me when I discover something which I don't know ! Very logical explanation indeed.
X has been used as a namesake for a generation of humans: Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X. It is the generation born after the baby boom ended, ranging from 1961 to 1981. I wonder if this generation has problems with sizes up to XXXXL only because they belong to the Generation X ?
X is also used for referring to 'the end of conversation'. Of course I ignore this meaning, because there is never an X in my converations.
X is used by the illiterate in lieu of a signature and indicates a signature line on forms. As I am not illiterated I use three X to sign anonymous letters.
In cartoons, Xs are drawn instead of eyes to indicate the death of a character . Didn't know that, probably I haven't read cartoons with dead characters.
X is commonly used as a generic mark (selecting an item on a form, indicating a location on a map, etc.). That's true, when I see an X on a map, I don't know where I am ! Although even without X, I don't know where I am.
What Wikipedia has forgotten that X can be the nightmare of a woman when it comes to sizes ! "XS" is rather nice but when it cames to XL or more Xs combined with an L it could become a tragedy !
Of course there is also another X section which I don't dare to mention here for the simple reason that Google considers my blog as "family friendly" and I don't want to attract thousands of spammers too, who would think they could find here some beautiful naked women in rather acrobatic poses. I suppose that you are old enough to know what I mean ! If not some male around you will know !
To conclude this X post I wish you all that the day X comes when you win a million of dollars or euros !
When I googled : "cartoons" for this special section I got various pictures ! I was rather surprised that Snow White and Donald Duck belong to the X category! It must have been Madame Google who made this choice.