Thursday, April 28, 2011

Top Ten Words That Start with X

While considering what to write about for the X-day on the A - Z Blogging Challenge, I came across loads of X-words I'd never heard of. For fun, I tried to use them in (very simple) sentences to see how it felt. While they don't exactly roll off the tongue, it was an interesting exercise, though I doubt I'd ever use these words in real life. See if you can weave a few X-words into your daily vocabulary.

1) Xenodochial - hospitable; kindly to strangers

We liked going to Betty's house, she was always xenodochial.

2) Xanthic - yellow; yellowish

Bill shouldn't have eaten those peanuts, now he looks xanthic.

3) Xenodocheionology - love of hotels

England is the best place to indulge my xenodocheionology.

4) Xebec - small three-masted pirate ship

That almost looks like a xebec in the harbor.

5) Xylopolist - one who sells wood

My dad made a good living as a xylopolist.

6) Xerothermic - dry and hot

Arizona is nice but I find it a bit xerothermic.

7) Xenophobia - fear of foreigners

Jane can't visit France due to her extreme xenophobia.

8) Xanthippe - ill-tempered woman

We avoided Modine at all costs, she was truly a xanthippe.

9) Xenium - gift made to a guest or ambassador; any compulsory gift

After our visit, a xenium was offered.

10) Xerasia - abnormal dryness of the hair

This was my third deep conditioning treatment and I still suffer from xerasia.


  1. I'm learning all kinds of new words today from the X posts. I love xerasia, I'm starting to think I have that!
    Great post! :)

  2. The only one I knew before was #7 - so thanks for expanding my vocabulary!

  3. Great collection. I learned new words today! :)

    I'm doing the A to Z Challenge too:

  4. I love "We like going to Betty's. She's always so xenodochial" Whaaaaaa'?
    Definitely going to be my word for the day today and astound everyone!
    Thank you for a great post

  5. I wonder if any of these will end up being someone's topic as we blog our way back from Z to A.

    I’m A_Z Blogging and my “X” post is right here.

  6. sweet, you have my word! :) And it looks like I used it correctly!

  7. Love your X's, Langley. And poor Modine. What an X education :)

  8. All these X posts today have been so educational.

    I particularly like 'Xanthippe.' I know quite a few people who'd say that about me.

  9. Wow! I can honestly say I've never used ANY of these words in a sentence ;) Please find my latest A-Z Challenge here:

  10. These are all new words for me. Always up for learning new things! Great idea for X. This one was a tough one for us.

  11. Thanks for the X words-I'm not quite there yet but you gave me a few ideas!

  12. Great list! I love learning new words. The first one looks like xenocide at first, but it means nothing like that, thank goodness! I also like the pirate ship one.

  13. I enjoy your site - not only are you powerful, but you are smart, and beautiful too! Thanks for taking part in the A-Z and stopping by as well.
    Your xenodochial blog hosting has been inspiring.

  14. After this week, I'm not a big fan of X LOL

  15. Those are mostly new words for me. Nicely done.

  16. I think I am a Xanthippe. Or at least on occasion. 10 new words that I didn't know existed, and now I'm going to have to go out and use them to confuse people :) Thanks!

  17. I'm xenophobic as I don't like Xanthic people, nor those boat people on those Xebecs coming to my country (I'm not a Xenodochial kind of person).

  18. <3 thank you so much!


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