Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ABC - X IS FOR XENODOCHIAL IN THE XTREME





Are you Xenodochial on New Year's Eve?

X

X is for Xenodochial In the Xtreme.


The image is a favourite from Ramsey Day, the fun day we have in Ramsey when The TT Road Races are here. Look at the pennant on the left and you will see the word Xtreme, and an X on the riders shirt for Xtreme, the people behind the stunt bikes. What of the other X though?


For those of you who know my blog you know I first found this word for my 1OOTH post. What of it though. According to varied sources it's an archaic, bookish, obsolete word rarely used word for Southern Hospitality. Think Gone With The Wind. Xenon is from the Greek for stranger as in xenophobia fear of strangers and therefore the opposite is xenodochial. Strange isn't it that the obsolete word is the friendly one and the uglier word is in still in every day usuage. I'll let you ponder that little irony, but what a fabulous word to describe this year of blogging, the cdp and y'all out there in the bloggoshere you have be so kin to lil' ole Scarlett, I mean Babooshka. You're welcome to folks.



Xenodochial New Year's Eve To Y'all.



Hop on over Mrs N. To play Abc.

43 comments:

Hyde DP said...

I do love the ingenious X's folk have unearthed this week.

Pam said...

You have the X Factor. Cheers B.

ellen b said...

What a bunch of creative X is happening here! Have an Xtra Xciting New Year Babooshka!

Anonymous said...

xxxxxxxxxx's

Tanya said...

Awesome shot B, very Xtreme! Happy New Year!

anthonynorth said...

A great action shot.

Leslie: said...

Fabulous and unique word for today and I love the photo! Happy New Year to you, too! :D

Brett said...

All the best for 2009

Gaelyn said...

Xtremely interesting. And a xenodochial New Year back to you.

marley said...

I'm not sure what is best - the photo or your Southern accent! Um...the photo. Defo! :)

kaye said...

Never heard of it but happy NYE too.

photowannabe said...

And the very same to you too. Fun shot and interesting information.

Gordon said...

That would be xtreme fun .. but unfortunately not for me. Great shot.

Rose said...

Babooshka, I learn something new every day in Blogland! I've been particularly impressed with all the creative X posts this week, and yours is at the top of the list. I'm trying to remember what I learned in studying the Iliad, but didn't Xenon also refer to hospitality in the Greek culture? You're right--why did we keep the negative definition?

Wishing you a happy New Year!

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

very cool!!! love it. Happy New Year.

Virginia said...

Well bless your heart Dahlin, for that nod to the south. Ya'll and all!! Whoooeeee, I've gone and converted Miss Babooshka. Me likey!
V

George said...

Thanks for teaching me a new 'X' word. Have a Happy New Year.

roentarre said...

Great picture there.

Congradulation on the 100th word!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Babooshka

Wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year!

May the coming year bring to you, the best yet!

Warm Regards

Rakesh
http://almostsunday.blogspot.com/

Eki Akhwan said...

I know the root "xeno" in the word xenophobia but did not really know xenodochial ... i like the word, though. Thanks for the vocab lesson, B! That's useful.

I like the x-treme action captured in the photo.

Since this will be my last comment on your blog for 2008, I'd like to wish you A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2009 be a year of peace, prosperity and progress for all of us.

Cheers!

Small City Scenes said...

You xecute xxxxx's to the xtreme. Xcellent!! MB

Olivier said...

magnifique photo de ce motard.
Je te souhaite une bonne et heureuse année 2009.

beautiful picture of this biker.
I wish you a Happy New Year 2009.

magiceye said...

superb capture

Anonymous said...

nice picture !
romedailyphoto

Aileni said...

Great choice - and I'm sure he didn't get Xed-up.

RuneE said...

Xtraordinary - Happy New Year!

Liz said...

i'm glad you explained that word!

The Isle of Man in general seems to be very xenodochial.

Happy New Year!

naturglede said...

I love that!Wish you a very Happy New Year!

Bibi said...

Хвала! That's how you write "thank you" in the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet. The "X" is an "h" sound, making the word "hvala," pronounced HVAh-la, if you can manage that! We're giving language lessons today!

Reader Wil said...

Very good post about X words, though they are difficult ones. Bloggers always find the right words!

Bergson said...

Another great shot

I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year

Miss_Yves said...

To find and to use an old word is an X traordinary idea, and I agree with your clever analysis "Strange...usuage"...
In french, the opposite of "Xénophobe" is merely..."Xénophile "
Happy new Year!

stitchwort said...

I opted for xenophobia, and, like Miss Yves, know the opposite xenophile - it's true, you can learn something new every day on the Internet!

Best Wishes for 2009!

mannanan said...

Brilliant X Babooshka. Hope you and Gary have a great 2009. All the best for the future.

Jim said...

I have enjoyed your photos, knowledge of your home and the tips you have given along the way. I hope you and Barker have a xenodochial new year.

splummer said...

Hi!
Thanks for the info on that word!! The Photo is eXcellent!! Have a great New Year!!

Sherrie

George Townboy said...

Y'all have a Merry New Year, as well. Xenodochial, if you wish! LOL

spacedlaw said...

So weird indeed that it is not used anymore. Maybe our world has gone mad and forgotten all its xenodochiality?
Great X nevertheless.
Wishing you a brilliant 2009.

Livio said...

Babooshka, I wish you a beautiful new year.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

This is a new word for me and I LOVE new words! A well written post as well!

Happy New Year!

Marc said...

XXX from Amsterdam.
(Nothing indecent, just from our coat of arms, so don't worry babooshka)

Bear Naked said...

Xenodochial New Year's Eve to you also.

Bear((( )))

Afyonkarahisar said...

New year'S to you happiness, and quiet and the welfare will bring.

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