My 10th Anniversary #atozchallenge Theme!

About halfway through last year’s Challenge, I was thinking about the letter X.

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Mostly, I was thinking about what a pain in the backside the letter was, especially when trying to think of words that start with it. I mean, there are lots of words that have the letter X in them, but very few that start with it, and when they do, the X sounds like a Z (e.g. xylophone, xanthan, xenon, xerography etc.). Why don’t they just use a Z instead of an X and be done with it? I’m sure that someone would point out that the Greek letter ξ, or xi, started many words in that language, like ξινός (xinos, snow), but that’s beside the point.

Anyway, I started thinking, and within about ten minutes was able to come up with a word list of words that contained the letter X. In the case of the letter X itself, I came up with a word (a name, really) that both started with X and contained an X. And I said to myself, “I think I can use this next year.”

And then, Arlee let on that the next challenge (i.e. this one) would be the Tenth Annual A to Z Challenge. And, wouldn’t you know it? X is the Roman numeral for 10. Call it serendipity, call it a happy coincidence, call it Divine Providence…

So, this year, I’ll be writing about words with the letter X in them.

53 thoughts on “My 10th Anniversary #atozchallenge Theme!

  1. Hi John – I ‘m not doing this year … but a clever way of doing the A-Z, as well as including the tenth instalment … enjoy – cheers HIlary


  2. John,

    This is a happy coincidence ‘X’ words and the tenth anniversary being represented by the roman number ‘X’. This is going to be an eXtraordinarily fun theme that’s sure to teach me much! Thank you for checking out my Theme Reveal this morning! Have a blessed week, my friend!


  3. Nice one, John. I am looking forward to expanding my vocabulary. I think I’m going to get a special notebook for this challenge so I can actually write down all the new books I add to my TBR list, new music I find and new words I learn. I’ve read so many A to Z posts and think to myself, I’ve got to remember that one and then, of course I don’t!


  4. Great topic! I truly hate the letter X in these challenges. It’s one that I have not yet filled in the blank for Jingle Jangle Jungle. Hopefully I’ll find some inspiration before it’s too late for that letter.


  5. Well that like a crazy cosmic planetary line-up if I’ve ever heard one. Good luck with the letter X. Can’t wait to see what all you come up with. I’m sure I’ll be adding some new words to my vocabulary!


  6. Congrats! This will be very interesting to find out which words you use. I feel actually guilty that I am not participating this year. I felt at a loss which way to go and I felt a pressure so I just said no this year. I will be checking out the A to Z people though.


    1. I’ve had a word list since last year, and of course I’ve changed half of it already. Sorry you won’t be doing the challenge, but as I’ve told a couple of people, we need readers, too.


  7. That sounds like an interesting theme.
    I am planning to write on the jargons related to journalism.
    Looking forward to reading your April posts.


  8. Inspired, John. This sounds like fun. X is always the tricky one and I am a little disappointed that this year I have to use a word with an x within it, rather than as its initial letter. I look forward to finding out your double x word 🙂


  9. Creative and fun. As always your theme is super intriguing. X is a real stumbling block – I’ve treated it as ten, made up words, alternative facts, a heap of other things, this year is probably the first I’m going to treat it as a regular letter. Be back in April.


    1. The difficult thing about X is that, while it’s in plenty of words (frequently at the end), so few words start with it. I treat it as a ten, or since the Greek letter chi looks like an X, I might use it that way. A word starting with “ex” is good because it preserves the “ks” sound (it sounds like “z” as the first letter). And if you can find an abbreviation that starts with it, that’ll work too. Look forward to seeing what you come up with!


  10. Hello fellow A-to-Zer! This sounds great! X has kind of haunted me through past A-to-Z challenges, because, I mean, what do you do for X? Generally, I have found that I have to cheat. Anyway, what a great premise–I feel that, somehow, you are getting revenge on the Accursed Letter, for the rest of us. Thanks!


    1. I’ve found that it works well as the Roman numeral for ten, and I’ve used it that way a couple of times. X also looks like the Greek letter chi, so that opens a few possibilities. Most people throw an “e” in front of it, and you know there are a ton of words that start with ex-. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.


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