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X Marks Me

April 29, 2013



So far, the letter X has been the hardest letter for me in the A to Z Challenge. Coming up with an “X” topic was no easy task for a rule-follower like me.

There are only so many words that start with X and I don’t have much to say about most of them.

Then I ran across a few unusual X words that apply to yours truly:

  • xanthippe: ill-tempered woman (about once a month)
  • xenodocheionology: love of hotels (because if I’m in one, I’m away from the daily grind)
  • xenodochial: hospitable; kindly to strangers (sometimes I embarrass my kids by laughing it up with total strangers)
  • xenomorphic: having a form not its own (years ago I discovered that someone older and less fit traded butts with me)

So there ya go.  Now I can tell my husband I’m even better than XXX-rated. I’m QUADRUPLE X-RATED.

Which makes me a quadruple X-rated quadragenarian.

He’ll be so thrilled. 🙂

P.S.  I’d be happy to downgrade to the XXX rating if the butt thief would kindly switch back with me. 🙂



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  1. Kensi Kempf permalink

    Oh Lordy, you make me laugh

  2. As your brother, I don’t even want to touch the Triple-X butt comments with a ten-foot pole (see what I did there?)…

    I do have a comment, though… if “xenodocheion” is “a building for the reception of strangers, especially in a monastery,” then wouldn’t “xenodocheionology” mean something more like “the study of such buildings”? Would’t the “love of hotels” be more like “xenodocheiophilia”?

    • I don’t always comment….LOL

      Actually, you know better than I do. These words weren’t in my dictionary so I trusted the source. And maybe you should put out lists like the one I stumbled upon, so that there is more accurate information out there. 🙂

    • And yes, I “saw what you did there” and thanks for not touching the butt with a ten-foot pole!

  3. You were more creative. I cheated and did Xtreme Couponing.

    • Hey, whatever works, right? With only two letters left I’m finding myself more stumped than I was with Q and X. It’s a good thing the alphabet doesn’t have 52 letters instead of 26!

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  5. Whitney Cox permalink

    Another good one!

  6. I enjoyed this post, and the next time that I pull on my jeans and they are a little tight, I will feel much better saying, “I’m just xenomorphic. I don’t need to give up ice cream.”

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