- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
X is for eXtending one's vocabulary
The letter X is always a difficult week to find a word to fit and having looked through most of my posts, I noticed that 1 out of 2 posts seems to be Xmas. This time I decided to try to improve my own vocabulary and thus improve yours as well. So here are my new X words.
XANTHROCHROID refers to the phenotype of persons who are fair-complexioned and light-haired. A phenotype is the set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment. Both of my daughters fit into the category, being blonde-haired, blue-eyed, with fair complexions. However, they've coloured their hair so much throughout their lives that heaven only knows what their "natural" colour is now! The first shot is when we lived in Ottawa and visited Upper Canada Village on the St. Lawrence River (1987) and the second is when we went to Cape Cod and saw President John F. Kennedy's memorial there (1988).
XEBEC, also spelled zebec, was a Mediterranean sailing ship that was used mostly for trading. It would have a long overhanging bowsprit and aft-set mizzen mast. It can also refer to a small, fast vessel of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, used almost exclusively in the Mediterranean Sea.
XESTURGY is the process of polishing stones.
XOANON is a statue made of wood, primitive in nature, that is covered in gold and ivory.