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The meaning of the X | Moment's Notice

 

Last updated 11/24/2021 at 12:11pm



X – such a dramatic letter, mysterious, unique. Fewer than 2% of words in the English language use the x, and in Spanish, only words taken from indigenous languages or from English use the x.

The letter “X” is also a linguistic and philosophical tool. It is used to represent something unknown. As we may remember from high school algebra, it is the unknown quantity in mathematical equations. Malcolm X adopted the “X” to represent his unknown ancestral name since slave owners did not allow slaves to name their children.

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