Wednesday, July 02, 2008

100th POST. ABC WEDNESDAY - X IS FOR XENODOCHIAL

My 100th post just happened to coincide with ABC Wednseday and one of the hardest letters to work with. I was tempted to have xenophobia aimed squarely at those idiots who email me to tell me stop the blog on the grounds I'm not from Ramsey, but I didn't want to tar perfectly good people with an image, just to illustrate the point. Instead I found this happier pic, from the archives which suited my needs for today.

Xenodochial then? What a funny word! It is according to varied sources an obsolete word, rarely used word, Greek, and/or Southern Hopitality. Xenon of course is Greek for stranger. Xenophobia is the fear of strangers, naturally. But was of this curious little word? Xenodochial literally means friendly and hospitable to strangers. What a fabulous word to sum up The Isle of Man TT Races, Blogging and the CDP community.

The kindness of strangers who have consistantly supported this tiny island blog, encouraged me to continue, emailed me, blog awarded me, linked me, and even put me on the Community favourites list. Fleetingly of course. Again I wouldn't have known this unless one of you hadn't emailed me.

So, in a way X turned out to be a fortuitous letter. Xenodochial is alive and kicking in the blog world, if not in my own home town. Cheers.

Like to join ABC Wednesday? Please got to this link, MRS NESBITT'S PLACE
Mrs Nesbitt is the host for ABC Wednesday, where you can find details for joining, her own ABC shot to comment on and a list of fellow bloggers who are playing today, who would also appreciate your comments.

60 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Good for you for sticking with the blog! Boo to xenophobes!

My ABC post is at

Country Clippings
http://moreofme24.blogspot.com

Keisha said...

Congratulations on 100. I read but don't comment. Today I do.

Keropok Man said...

Congratulations on the 100th post!

Keep going....

Jim said...

I just learned a new word. Great picture to go with it. I love the motorcycle shots, so you couldnt go wrong there.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I love your action shots...and congrats on the 100th posting...cheers.

Sometimes I don't, sometimes I do said...

Babooshka, many congratulations on your 100th! And I like the thoughtful post - let Xenodochial rock on, everywhere!

Best wishes from Chennai!

Keith said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! And I learned a new word too.

mannanan said...

Great new word which should be used more often and certainly sums up the TT.Nice pic as well, caught both rider and pillion waving right on cue.....

Granny Smith said...

I'm always delighted to learn a new word! What are you going to come up with the next time X rolls around?

magiceye said...

congratulations on your 100th post!
thank you for the new word too!

esnorway said...

nice x good pic to

Jerez said...

Smart, very smart!!

Nice shots too!

Gary said...

Educational post - great choice for X.

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Gordon said...

A very interesting post; xenodochial is certainly a new word for me. Congratulation on your 100th post.

Olivier said...

FÉLICITATION pour ton 100th post, le post de la victoire avec ces deux motards. bonne continuité
FELICITATION for your 100th post, the post of victory with these two riders. good continuity

Paulie said...

Congratulations on your blog celebration of 100 posts. I learned a new word today but don't think I will get much use from it until I learn how to spell it. lol

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ArneA said...

Did not find the word in my dictionary, but know the xeno in xenotransplantation when operating a pig heart to humans.
If healthy, do anything to save lives

reader Wil said...

Congrats on your 100th post! Your posts are always informative and interesting. This X word is new to me. Thanks for the explanation!

Blue said...

Well done on your 100th post & an x-cellent one it is too.
That certainly was a new word on me.

Jackie said...

How sad that people can't appreciate the good publicity you're giving the island, even though you're not a "native". What are they doing to promote the island they want to keep so pure and unsullied? Grrrr.

I wondered if I'd get the same kind of abuse, for the same reasons, but people have been very happy to say good things about my blog. Shame on the small-minded xenophobes who can't see beyond their prejudices.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Fantastic X post... and well done for the 100th post. I look forward to your 1000th now.

Denise said...

Excellent post...that's a Hyabusa by the way, you can tell by the light!
As a first time visitor to the TT I have to say how true this post is! Great stuff! Congratulations and keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Well done!

Aileni said...

A really 'X'cellent choice, B. And a Happy Hundreth to you.

Dragonstar said...

Wonderful! I've learned another new word! And congratulations on you 100th post.

Liz said...

What a great word but what unpleasant people.

Congratulations on your 100th post.

Ackworth Born said...

xenophilia is the word I've always used as the antonym to xenophobia but your word is now no longer obsolete.

quinttarantino said...

Congratulations on your 100th post.
This is a great blog that I once found and always like to visit.

I hope you don't mind but I made a little change on my last post ... someone put your name there as the winner of an award!

me ann my camera said...

A new word to me and a very friendly, outgoing choice to post. I like it!

Texas Travelers said...

I like this X,
Troy

Marie said...

Congratulations, Babooshka and long life to your blog.

Jane said...

Good word and well done on the 100the post!
I can't understand why people would object to you writing a blog just because you aren't 'from' Ramsey or indeed the Island, makes no sense. Surely you are bringing the Island to the attention of a wider audience. Do these people who complain bother to write a blog themselves to promote their gorgeous Island, I just don't understand...

Jilly said...

Congratulations on your 100th. That's a difficult letter to work with. Strange you should have anyone who isn't happy that you blog about your island. Keep it up, you've got a great following now.

Kelly said...

Congratulations! Glad you took the high road! Great study of the root word and its variations!

Lake Lady said...

Congratulations, Babooshka! You are such a pro at this that I thought you'd been at it much, much longer! Looking forward to 100's more!

Miss_Yves said...

Congratulations andthanks for yourkind comment!
I agree with your humanist post !
Miss Yves

AphotoAday said...

What a great X word... Xenodochial... I've got to remember that so I can impress everybody at the next party I go to...
Actually, sometimes I have less fear of strangers than I have of the people I already know...   Wonder what the word for that might be...

Chuck Pefley said...

X-cellant post to mark 100. Ramsey locals must be pretty small minded. Very sad. Personally, I like your style :)

raf said...

High fives for you, Babooshka! Happy to be here today and congratulate you on your hundreth post....a job well done!! Beautiful image and great choice for the occasion - in the groove and riding high. Thanks for sharing your Isle of Man with all of us.
Thanks too for the new word. Nearly chose xenophile for today, but xenodochial has a nicer tumbling sound off the tongue and far more interesting.

CrazyCath said...

Well done Babooshka! Brilliant X and another new word I know. I suppose the island must have what I call a "small village mentality" in that you have to have had family there for at least 200 years before you "belong"! Sad, but true. The village where I was born, brought up and the only place I ever lived as a child does not consider me "local" or "one of them" because my parents were from out of the village. Sad, but it is my home and yet, they don't consider me part of them. That's a long time ago anyway and passed now - I moved on (literally and mentally). I just mention it to empathise really. So ignore them. You are very much part of the place. It's as much your home as theirs.

Congrats on your 100th post. I just got to 100 too, and if I hadn't posted about it early, it would have been on ABC Wednesday. ;0)

RuneE said...

I like very much your interpretation of X, and even more the additional comments.

Therefore I have at last done what I have should done a long time ago - added your site to my Links (if you don't mind?)

PS I'll look forward to the stones!!

Jane (again!) said...

Of course these people who are complaining about you writing a blog are, presumably, reading your blog. If it is so terrible to them why read it?
It's like people who complain about tv programmes, if they are going to offend you, don't watch them in the first place.

Keep up the good work!

Jane (again!) said...

Of course these people who are complaining about you writing a blog are, presumably, reading your blog. If it is so terrible to them why read it?
It's like people who complain about tv programmes, if they are going to offend you, don't watch them in the first place.

Keep up the good work!

kjpweb said...

First off - congrats to the big "100"!!!!!
And for the work finding a usable "X". I couldn;t find one - so I made mine up! ;)
Cheers, Klaus

fishing guy said...

Babooshaka: That is a great photo of the bike.

ken mac said...

great colors. Souped up saturation or straight out of camera?

ptowngirl said...

Congrats on your 100th post, and thanks so much for all of your thoughtful comments on my blogs!

ptowngirl
HamptonRoadsDailyPhoto.com

Bergson said...

congratulations on 100 th post

cheer

Gail's Man said...

Best wishes on your ton. Is the biker doing 100mph in recognition?

marley said...

How time flies! Happy 100th post :)

I'm glad that you don't let horrid people put you off this cool, little, weird, blogging world.

Keep up the good work, I enjoy seeing what is new by you :)

TOM FOOLERY said...

B, Did you get a telegram from the Queen for you 100th?

Keep blogging XXXX

nonizamboni said...

Excellent! and insightful.
Cheers to you, dear fellow blogger.

John said...

Congratulations on the 100th post and Congrat with the Award!
Great shot and nice educational post for the letter.

Bear Naked said...

What an eXcellent word and photo for ABC Wednesday.
Congratulations on your 100th post.
I still have a way to go before I have 100.
You have a very interesting blog.

Ming the Merciless said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. Ignore the naysayers and keep on blogging.

The D in D & T said...

oh do i ever sympathise! 'xeni' or stranger / foreigner. i get it a lot. a lot. this comes from the same people who pride themselves on their 'filoxenia' - roughly translates to 'friend to strangers'. hmmm. :)

Dina said...

Mazal tov Babooshka! Enjoy your second hundred posts.
Love xenodochial.

pierre l said...

Hello Babooshka. I have fallen behind with my ready, so I have just reached this post. Well done on 100th post, and it's lovely that you get so many comments and, I assume, lots of visitors. Looking forward to the 200th post. Congratulations again.
A lovely colourful picture of a bike in a non-racing environment.

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