X is for… Well, X

Did you know there are a lot of words that being with “x” and when I say a lot I mean there’s more then the two that come mind when I think of the letter x (xylophone and x-ray). I googled the word today and was amazed at the list that came up. 

It’s fun to randomly look up words and find out their meanings. For instance did you know that xylophagous means “Feeding on or obtaining nutrition from wood?” How cool is that. That’s a word I think would be fun to work into a conversation some day. 

Xenophobia means “A person who is fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or of people from different countries or cultures.” I’m thankful to be the opposite of a xenophobic. 


Xanthous means “yellow.” Can’t you just imagine the confused look on someone’s face when they ask what your favorite color is and you answer “Xanthous.” It almost makes me wish that yellow was my favorite color. 

Photo credits go to my brother Logan. 

If you look up research about expanding your vocabulary you’ll find that it’s very beneficial in many different areas of life. Although words like “xanthous” might never actually end up helping you, regularly adding to your word bank is a good habit to put into practice. 

It’s helpful to learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner and can even help people take you more seriously when you’re trying to make a point. 

I’m not nearly as good at enlarging my vocabulary as I should be, but I am working on it. What are some ways you expand your vocabulary? I’d be delighted to learn from you. 

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