ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. Our Host, Mrs. Nesbitt hails from Great Britain. We started with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. We are now in our second year, round 4! This week's letter is,"X".
Xenon is an inert gas whose "name is from the Greek word ξένον [xenon], neuter singular form of ξένος [xenos], meaning 'foreign(er)', 'strange(r)', or 'guest'. In 1902, it's discoverer, Ramsey, estimated the proportion of xenon in the Earth's atmosphere as one part in 20 million." Suffice it to say that its natural occurrence is RARE.
"In a gas-filled tube, xenon emits a blue or lavenderish glow when the gas is excited by electrical discharge. Xenon emits a band of emission lines that span the visual spectrum, but the most intense lines occur in the region of blue light, which produces the coloration."
Thanks to Wikipedia for this lovely image and information. You can read up on more obscurity on Xenon here.
A form of electromagnetic radiation. Well, you all knew that, didn't you? If you are one of those knowledge hungry folks, find out more about it here.
I'll bet more than 50% of us ABCer's will have xray listed as our word! This is from my stash of xray films that I have (I will not disclose how I acquired them).
It's been a Broadway play, but I also know it as an art gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. I just took a webinar with them this past Saturday. It is a high end gallery that is very successful in spite of the fact that there are 60 other art galleries on the same street that they are on.
I'll bet you never gave it a thought as to what a xenophile might look like! The definition is listed as: "A person attracted to that which is foreign, especially to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures." I almost got stumped as to, "what image would I use with this word?" Then I thought of Marco Polo, the explorer. Most certainly a xenophile, don't you think? His explorations changed the world forever.
So, there you have it, folks. "X" marks the spot. You didn't need a treasure map as all the treasures were unearthed here!