Alphabet Blogging, Blogging, Family history, Fun

X is for ……………..

So what am I going to come up with for this one!!

X is the third most rarely used letter in the English language.
There are very few English words that start with X
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X

Once you’ve read that you will realise X is a bugger of a letter
So once again what am I going to come up with for this one!!

Well I suppose here in Australia we could always show you this
Most people over 18 would know what it stood for lolXXXX

XXXX (pronounced fourex) is a brand of Australian beer brewed in Milton, Brisbane by Queensland brewers, Castlemaine Perkins. It enjoys wide popularity in the state of Queensland and is commonly found on-tap in most Queensland pubs and bars.

Then there is that saying –  X marks the spot
Supposedly from British army officers pinning a piece of paper with X on it
to the chest of someone about to be executed

Or it could it be a spot on a map
(like a pirates’s treasure map)

x-marks-the-spot-map

But the X our family is interested in is this one
The one The Golfer’s Great Grandmother Julia made
when she registered his Grandfather’s birth in 1878

you have to look carefully or click and enlarge

birth b 1 - Copy

These days we take reading and writing as a norm but evidently from what we see on this copy of the birth certificate it was a skill that eluded Dh’s ancestor – she was unable to write her name so made her mark with an X

Linking to Mum for her Alphabet Blogging
ZYX style

19 thoughts on “X is for ……………..”

  1. G’day Cathy. I could do with a fourex about now, well, maybe a little later might be best !!! Take care. Liz…

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  2. Hi thanks for visiting me at roughwighting – how I enjoy meeting new people, and particularly from so far away (for me…). Love your x’s. I must say, the first thing I think of now when I see an “X” is how so many of us end letters or e-mails or texts with XO – love and hugs. Not a bad way for an X to be used!
    XO

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  3. What a fascinating post at first I thought the fourex would be kisses for valentines day – love the fact you included a little bit of history about the rise in literacy levels in the last part of the nineteenth century.

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    1. Things certainly have changed haven’t they over the past 100 years – Julia lived in a small country village, not sure why she didn’t read and write because her brothers did.

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  4. X is a hard one… I enjoyed the little history lesson. I knew they did that, but had never seen it on a document. Interesting!

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