I know, I’m stretching it a bit but after all it is Day 28th of this challenge so I figure maybe I can get away with it…And besides that all I could think of was X-Ray. That’s original, NOT 😉 So here goes…
“Considering the last use, we find X in the classic phrase of pirate adventures and hidden treasures, X marks the spot, to indicate where something unknown might be found. Yet the expression has a fairly unexpected origin: Chicago gangsters.
Before the fixed expression came about, there is evidence of using the letter X to show the location of something on a map, at least from 1813, according to the Oxford English Dictionary:
‘The three crosses X mark the three places where we were let in’
But it wasn’t until a century later and the height of Chicago gangsterism that the specific phrase X marks the [murder] spot came into its own.” This is his credit that I searched around for…
Word-origin blogger JessJennison says [X Marks the Spot]”
I thought it was interesting to have a Chicago connection. Enjoy and blessings for your day ❤