What an odd little letter.
One I must look for every time I need to type it.
Psst... it's hiding just below your left ringer finger if your hands are in the proper 'home' position on the keyboard for typing.
OH! I see it you say!
Yet even though I know it's there, I must look for it every time!
It's a versatile little letter.
- We use it for crossings and for Christ in Christmas.
- It marks the spot and crosses out.
- When counting in Roman Numerals it tells us it's ten!
- It represents a kiss in hugs and kisses.
- It's placed on the dotted line.
- It's played in the game with the letter O.
It's a funny little letter
With not much to say.
Most of the time it doesn't even get to use its own sound, instead it's replaced with a Zzzz sound as in xylophone and xerox.
Very few words actually start with the sound that X makes /ks/
See it even has an odd sound.
It has several uses but is scarce as the beginning of words.
Depending on which source you reference, it's told there are only a small amount of words in the English language that actually begin with this crazy little letter;
Ask Answers.com it's 132 words; Ask OxfordDictionaries.com and it's 120; Lets not forget Answerbag.com where the answer is 137 words that begin with the lovely letter x
The words you do find using this small little cross-hair of a letter are not your run of the mill, Oh I know that word and use it every day kinda words! Oh no! They're
words like <deep breath in>
OH, you little stinker. You saved one word we'd all like to be.
One word I found that just made me smile.
One word that could make the X worthy all the while.
I've discovered, you see, that xenial is me!!
What you may ask could she possible mean?
Well check it out, I bet you're xenial too and its quite a good thing.
of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest... dictionary.com
I am xenial in many ways and how bout you?
So I'll keep looking for that elusive, versatile, little letter hiding under my lefty ring finger because after it's all said and done
X isn't really all that bad!