Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Alphabet Letter "X", Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

At home in the United States, I can go weeks or months without encountering the alphabet letter "X" in everyday life.  Here, I can  barely go a few minutes.  And to make it even more challenging, the "X" can be pronounced different ways depending upon where it falls in a word, or whether it is Mayan rooted or influenced:  "sh" or  "eesh" or "ks" or "s" or "h."  Good luck.

A "bahia" is a bay  in English.

A "caleta" is a creek, cove, small bay or inlet in English.

And, for further example, don't forget the words:  México, Xcaret, or XpuHa, which are seen daily. We, on the other hand, have xylophone, xrays, xmas, xerox, and mostly a bunch of proper nouns, drug names, or scrabble words - seldom seen and, in any case, not nearly as cool as here.

I know that some of my New England friends are xylophilous and even create art using a xylotypographic process but, when you're away from home and if you're ever out to sea and see a xanthic xeme flying near a xebec you should get away quickly but, once safely away, still notify an ornithological society - it might be a rare sighting.

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