I love the alphabet “X” because it’s mysterious and pretty ambitious. I manipulated it a zillion times in arithmetic and algebra and tried to find its value like a maths loving Sherlock Holmes.

It’s also very interesting how people use “X” to hide identities, “You know, that Mr. X appreciates your work.” I liked how I have been told during interviews,”You have that special X-factor we are searching in candidates.” Sometimes I wanted to know a real sketch of that X-factor. 

In recent decade,one word left me pretty confused for some time. “Xing.” During driving in the USA, you must have observed that strange sign. I pronounced that “Xing”, like some name from Asia. “Why did they leave an Asian name on this road?” I thought that and stopped every time. I of course didn’t look up on Google because I thought I was smarter than that.

Then a year passed. One evening, while returning home, it occurred to me the word meant “Crossing”; that “X” stood for “Cross”.  Let me confess, it was one of the most memorable eureka moments of my life.


24th day on A to Z Challenge. Today X is for Xing, because I had to share this story with all of you. What is your most favorite word with “X”? Do you have any such eureka moments that you want to share happily?

Author: Archita

Musings about life and photography.

4 thoughts on “Xing”

  1. Ha ha! Ya, I asked a few people too and it was so strange to know that they never thought about what “Xing” was and they too pronounced it as “Xing” /”Zing”.. 😀 Thank you so much for sharing the happy series. It’s awesome!

  2. X-AXIS

    I enjoyed reading about your eureka moment. Amazing how our mind works and the things we take for granted. I would select my choosing to be happy series, plus all the others prior to WordPress, as my eureka moment.

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