29 Sept 2011
THE MEANING OF X
more participants at Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday
When I checked in in the Balliol College in Oxford, where I had booked a student's room I was given a map on which was written that I had to go to staircase XXII. Fortunately I hadn't slept in school when we learned the roman numbers so I knew that I had to go to staircase n° 22 !
X is used for many things. If I sign XXX that doesn't mean that I can't sign but that I send 3 kisses. I noticed that Americans kiss with OXOXO which has nothing to do with the Oxo Stock Cubes, but I never found out what the O means.
When it comes to clothes the X can be rather depressive. If you have size XS then you are rather a big child or a skinny tiny person. If your size is XL it depends the brand. In Italy for example I would have to buy XXL while in other countries it only is XL. Usually it doesn't go further than XXXL, and that's already enormous.
Wikipedia describes XXL as follows : Plus size clothing is a general term given to clothing proportioned specifically for larger sized or overweight people.Full figured is generally for sizes 12 up to size 20 and Plus size refers generally to clothing labelled size 22 and upwards for women.
When I had read this, I got rather depressed ! Why do I have to wear XL ? I jumped on my balance but my weight hadn't changed and then suddenly I understood ! I have to wear XL because of my height and not because of my width ! My cheerful mood of this morning came back immediately !
There are a lot of meanings for X, if you are curious, just read here