In the wake of watching too much television, and in particular Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, a very quaint but completely ambiguous statement was dismissed as something that would never happen in archeology, x marks the spot.
Of course, as we all know only too well, x really does mark the spot on treasure maps, and I’m sure there’s been quite a few of those over the last few centuries, what with the numbers of pirates on the high seas, well one known such as Blackbeard, and some not so well known.
And those treasure maps always seem to find their way into children’s stories for some reason, maybe because as children we’re likely to believe it possible, where as an adult, the only place we’re likely to find an x is where someone who can’t write signs their name.
That might also include a lot of press ganged sailors, who were vitually kidnapped into British naval service to chase down those pirates, all of whom seemed to have that same ubiquitous signature.
And, by the way, that x marks the spot was in that Indiana Jones movie, a rather large x making up part of the marble flooring.
X doesn’t often find it’s way into mainstream English, even as a prefix, except in the case of x-rays which is electromagnetic radiation.
And in science fiction, the most interesting use of x-ray is for using x-ray vision, starting with superman, and ending with a more sinister connotations.
Other than that the only word that I can remember that starts with an x is xenophobia, which seems to be raising it’s head around the world, the fear of people or objects from another country or culture