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