X is for…X

X is for X
X is for X

For after all, what is an alphabet challenge without a meditation on at least one alphabet?

I don’t know about you but in my opinion, X is probably the most enigmatic and versatile of all the alphabets in the English language. 

Already when you learn your alphabets X can only be represented by eXotic words- X for xylophone (who knows what this is right? At that age especially!) 

And then you forget about X until you meet it again when you’re old enough to learn geometry, algebra, quadratic equations. You shudder (unless you’re a math genius of course and if you are you’re probably not reading this blog) at the thought of the squares, cubes, the square roots and cube roots of that mysterious X. You give up altogether when you start sprinkling your alphabets in calculus.

By this time you’re encountering the other manifestations of X around you. X the magnificent unknown. 

X-Rays, X-files- all indicating things that being by being unknown. 

X straddles time by being able to represent your past (as in my eX) or the future (as in eXpecations).

Your heart skips a beat when you land with a tile that reads X in scrabble. All those opportunities to make mega scoring two letter words swimming in front of your eyes.

X could be something as intimate as a kiss and something as repelling as X factor.

Somehow every word that has an X in it seems to belong to a higher plane of emotions. Exuberant, exquisite, exhilerating, explosion- agreed they all start with an E but what you really here is the X.

What’s even better? X makes for great conclusions! Want proof?



5 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    excellent write up!!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:


  2. Richard says:

    Signed up, subscribed, following, goddamnit every time someone else posts on your Indian Rail network post I think “I must not forget this wonderful site” and I sign up to something else on here. 🙂

    Love your X post, love your wilderness post too. Well done and thank you, Sukanya. Sukanya write [So can you write]? Yes, you certainly can.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Richard for your kind comments! And also for the puns 🙂

  3. Nirmala says:

    Xotic letter indeed!!!!

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