The Devil's Dictionary
in our alphabet being a needless letter has an added invincibility to the
attacks of the spelling reformers, and like them, will doubtless last as
long as the language. X is the sacred symbol of ten dollars, and in such
words as Xmas, Xn, etc., stands for Christ, not, as is popular supposed,
because it represents a cross, but because the
corresponding letter in the Greek alphabet is the initial of his name -- Xristos. If it represented a cross it would stand for St. Andrew, who "testified" upon one of that shape. In the algebra of psychology x stands for Woman's mind. Words beginning with X are Grecian and will not be defined in this standard English dictionary.