X, Y and Z

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X, Y and Z

Ok, ok, I’m cheating here a little bit.  But I want to move on!

X for X-mas. – Some people say that if you use this abbreviation that you are taking the Christ out of Christmas and are offended by it.

The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which in English is “Christ“.

X-mas used as an abbreviation dates back to the 16th century.

The word “Christ” and its compounds, including “Christmas”, have been abbreviated in English for at least the past 1,000 years, long before the modern “Xmas” was commonly used. “Christ” was often written as “Xρ” or “Xt”; there are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as 1021.

So lighten up a little if someone uses X-mas as an abbreviation, think about the history of the word before you judge too harshly.  I gleaned this information from Wikipedia.

Y – Yahoo

Did you know that the definition of a Yahoo is a person that is not intelligent or interested in culture?!

Z- Zealous

I am excited that this challenge is now over!  I look forward to my next post with Zealous enthusiasm!!

About Penny Wilson Writes

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She's had a successful blog with a growing and loyal following for more than 5 years. Penny has written articles for Counseling Directory .org, Introvert Dear .com, and WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published on Ariel Chart, a monthly online Journal, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. She is currently working on her first novel. You can find more of her writings on her blog at: https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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