#AtoZChallenge One-liner: X is for X!


(a variable, the worst enemy of anybody who hates Mathematics)

The  variable that Mathematics forced to keep finding, differentiating, and integrating all through our childhood.

If only Mathematics had prepared us for the fact that life forces us to find x,y,z, and many other unknowns without even giving the slightest hints. I miss dear old Mathematics.

If you haven’t guessed it already, Mathematics was one of my favourite subjects. And when I was small, my grandfather used to teach me mathematics. He’s one of the reasons why I have a close bond with mathematics. My love for mathematics is one of the reasons why I chose to be an engineer. 😉 🙂

Here’s an interesting fact:

Did you know that the word “hundred” originated from the Old Norse word “hundrath,” which means 120, and not 100!  In Old Norse, “hundrath” means “long hundred,” which equals 120, due to the duodecimal system. Pretty confusing right? No wonder, maths has a lot of problems.

What did you think about this post? Did you hate Mathematics too? How many times has the variable “x” landed you in trouble with your professors?

P.S: Here’s another tiny tale that I wrote about “x” as a part of another AtoZChallenge. 🙂

What are your thoughts? Do let me know. The comments section is all yours for the taking.

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Here are the links to my other #AtoZChallenge one-liners. Click on any letter to read the corresponding post.

A-AutocorrectB-Binge-watchingC-ConfusedD-DustE-EnvyF-FamilyG-GermH-Heroes | I-IdeaJ-JarK-KeyL-LyingM-MagicN-No | O-OnionP-Painkiller | Q-Queue | R-Revenge | S-SaltT-Touchscreen | U-Umbrella | V-Vanish | W-Worry | X Y Z

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86 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge One-liner: X is for X!

  1. I remember that I enjoyed algebra in grade 8 immensely. I found it easy, interesting and my math teacher was a nice man who let me zip ahead and finish the text book. Then since I was still in class I helped other students which I enjoyed.

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    1. Oh that was very kind of you and your math teacher. I’m glad to know that my post brought back many fond memories. Thank you so much for reading. Apologise for my extremely delayed reply. 😅


    1. I’m happy to hear that. I’m happy to have spread word about an interesting tidbit. Thank you so much for reading. Apologies for my extremely delayed response. 😅


  2. I used to hate maths and then I started loving it. Finding x was my favourite! Btw it’s weird that root word of hundred meant 120. Who’d have thought!? I like this kutty kutty informative tips from your blog. First salt, now this! 😃

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    1. I’m glad that you fell in love with mathematics. Finding x was my favourite too. It is weird indeed that the root word of 100 is 120. Glad to know that you enjoyed this kutty kutty informative tips. Apologies for my extremely delayed response. 😅


  3. I too love maths and I think if there is x, then it makes you easily solve the question.😀
    And I was unaware about the fact you shared about word “hundred”.

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  4. I hold a special bond with all of these… x, y, and z. These variables have always fascinated me, not to say, algebra has always been my favorite branch of Mathematics. But never knew about this 100-120 story. Nice one 🙂

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that. It is weirdly interesting, isn’t it? That the root word of 100 means 120. Thank you so much for reading. I’m really sorry for my extremely delayed response. 😅


  5. I didn’t know about the “long hundred.” That’s one new thing I learnt today. 🙂

    I enjoyed mathematics in school much more than in college. I have an attachment to numbers, multiples, perfect squares etc though, so that’s my connection with maths even now.

    So much of what we study in school mathematics turns out to be unconnected to our lives, but finding answers to x, y, z certainly doesn’t fall in that category.

    Nice post.

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    1. So much of that turned out to be non-essential. I’m happy to know that you found the post very interesting. Thank you so much. ♥️ Apologies for my extremely delayed response. 😅

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  6. I like maths when I’m good at 😛 sometimes I seem to be and other times I am not. And hey, I’ve chosen the X word to be x as well, the unknown 🙂

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  7. My father is a retired professor of Mathematics. I grew up hating matches because of the societal expectations that I have to be good in the subject. My 4.6 year old is quite fond of numbers as compared to alphabets. Hopefully the grandfather’s genes have found a better place to perform well.

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    1. Societal pressure can be quite tough indeed. I’m glad that she inherited it from her grandfather. Thank you so much for reading. ♥️ Apologies for my extremely delayed response. 😅


  8. I could do mathematics in school, but I never really liked it. I’m glad I don’t have school age kids right now, because a lot of my friends are complaining about “digital learning” and having to learn maths all over again 😀

    The Multicolored Diary

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  9. I hated Maths.
    Infact I had phobia of Maths. It irritated me from the beginning..
    Hell with Maths.
    After really long I read something regarding Maths, I remember how it still scares me🤨🤨
    I am very poor with numbers. I hate figures. I hate Maths 😡

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    1. Ohhh. It can be very mean and scary. But somehow, it was my favourite. 😂 Thank you so much, Rashmi. ♥️ Apologies for my extremely delayed response. 😅


  10. I loved maths too, and particularly algebra. I didn’t know the Norse origin of the hundred. Learning something new everyday. thank you.

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  11. I hated maths in school. My dad was a gold medalist in maths and my whole family was full of engineers and scientists. I was the black sheep and the first to take up literature in college.

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    1. Ohhh! You were the rare gem. Life is just for engineers and scientists. Kudos to you for breaking the norms. Thank you for reading, dear. Apologies for my extremely delayed response. 😅

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  12. I’ll stand in the other line far away from maths…I never got my numbers right and would trade it for any theory studying or written work..
    To top it all, my hubby is a mathematician and my mom in law was a maths teacher. Luckily, both my kids love maths 😃

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  13. Same pinch Shweta. I am a die-hard fan of Mathematics! Nothing is soothing in the world than to find that x from a given set of situations I would say instead of the problem.
    Maths is such an optimistic teacher, it prepares you for finding all x and y and z no matter how challenging the situation might be. It teaches us that if worked out well, everyone can find a solution to any challenge. Isn’t it the most positive thing to know that every problem has a solution!

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    1. I know right. It’s so satisfying. 😍 Yes, it’s a great feeling – to know that there are multiple ways to arrive at a solution. Glad to know that we have one thing in common. Thank you so much, Anagha. ♥️
      Apologies for my extremely delayed response. 😅


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