The Power of X

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Where does ‘X’ get its charisma?
From its mysterious nature,
film industry spookiness, or
the mathematical power of the Sumerians?

We experience the X or “it” as personal magnetism or

natural magnetic force or
dynamic energy.

On the other hand, Jock Ewing, the storied billionaire from the TV drama Dallas pointedly told his youngest son, Bobby, the following adage:
Real power you take.”

What we know with true clarity is that our very interesting “X” is a power broker.
It takes no issue with expression itself. It only expresses the value we assign it.

For your consideration, I have listed here some
values of X
which are popular Earth words and phrases:

  • 2 X 4   (lumber – a stud measuring 2-inches high, 4-inches wide, 6-feet long)
  • 4 X 4   (truck with four-wheel drive)
  • 5 X 5   (best possible signal-to-noise ratio)
  • A sub-X   —   Ax  (sorry, so subscript key)
  • As X approaches Zero   —    X ->0
  • Bell X-1 Transonic Rocket Plane
  • Cosmic x-rays
  • Cygnus X
  • Excalibur
  • Exed out / crossed out
  • Heard it on the X
  • INXS
  • Letter X
  • Madame X  (1929 film)
  • Malcolm X
  • Merry Xmas!
  • MXC  (Roman numeral 1090)
  • “My Ex”
  • Os X
  • Racer X  (a la Speed Racer cartoon – btw Speed’s brother)
  • Rx  (prescription)
  • RxR  (railroad tracks)
  • Sign with your ‘X’
  • Solve for x
  • Space X
  • SXSW
  • Team Xtina  (a la The Voice TV show)
  • The coefficient of X is α    —    αX
  • The man from Planet X  (1951 film)
  • The man with the X-Ray eyes  (1963 film)
  • The X-Files
  • Woman X  (2002 film)
  • X (the band)
  • X Factor
  • X Games
  • X marks the spot
  • X O X  (kiss – hug – kiss)
  • X.org  (open source implementation of X Window System)
  • X = Y
  • Xbox 360
  • XFINITY
  • XGEN Radio
  • X-men
  • XPRIZE
  • X-ray or CAT scan?
  • Xs and Os (American football)
  • X-squared   —   X2 (sorry, no superscript key)
  • XX  (cerveza)
  • XX XY and also XXY and XYY  (chromosomes)
  • XXX  (moonshine – corn squeezins)
  • Xzibit

Next, I expect that I will express these sentiments to y’all in another form.
Flex before you exit!

Copyright © 1960-2015 Lawrence J. J. Leonard  All rights reserved

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