Friday, September 20, 2013

Origin of "x"

One of my new teacher-students, Dan Ashley, gave me this 3 minute video on the origin of "x."  It comes from Arabic by way of Spain.  The Spanish could not pronounce the the Arabic word below (meaning "something" so they made it "x" instead and it is not changed since then.  It is a fascinating short video and a good one to explain the influence of the Arabs on the western world.

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