X….. panic… panic. Why didn’t I do XYZ first, get them over with and not be left staring at the useless letter. Or is it?
Where does X originate from?
One moment, please…..
The Greeks nabbed it because they like to simplify things, so it’s used to represent the following sounds:
ks – box
gz – exhaust
z – xylophone
k – excite
or silent – gateaux
X is Roman for for the number ten…. but you knew that…..
It’s used in mathematics to represent….. oh, but you know that, too. Who doesn’t hate algebra.
There’s no x is the Welsh language.
Chinese? 艾克斯 or in pinyin yī kè sī
Something x-shaped is called decussate.
The earliest use of the letter x for kissing…. 1763.
Mathematician William Oughtred used x as a multiplication sign in 1631
The fact is I’m just as excited by researching as writing. I probably spent more time researching this post than actually writing it. It’s not to everyone’s delight to spend time reading through pages of stuff for that one elusive fact you need to validate your guesswork, but it helps me. When I’m struggling for ideas, I research and it opens up all sorts of new avenues.