Mind control in days of yore
hallieod at indigo.ie
Sun May 18 05:13:30 EDT 2003
>> I'm not quite sure how old it is, but quite old is my guess. In
>> English we sometimes call "X" a criss cross which is derived I think from
>> Christ-cross. I wouldn't be surprised if the idea of representing Christ
>> with a simple cross dated back to before the word "cross" entered the
>> vocabulary of these shores... It seems like a fairly obvious step to me...
>> But what do I know? And after staying up too late last night it is going
>> to take a Very Long Time before I can face immersing myself in the tiny
>> print of my OED in the hopes of finding out...
>It just occurred to me that the cross might also be there to
>represent the first letter of 'Christ', which is indeed X (chi?) in
>Greek. The crossiness of it does seem rather fortuitous, though (if
>not crucial), and can't have hurt in gaining the abbreviation wider
Yeah, it's from chi for Kristos, rather than the cross.
On a similar note, I remember being very confused when I was taken to
a cemetary as a child, by all the (as I thought) dollar signs on many
of the tombstones. I thought it surprising there were so many
millionaires buried there (not to say crass of them to boast about
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