Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The true meaning of X-Mas

You learn something new every day. For instance, the "X" in "X-mas" is short for "Xpiotoc" (kind of - I don't know how to type the Greek letters, so I used approximations). You see...

"Christ is the English representation of the Greek word Xpiotoc (transliterated as Khristos), which means anointed. The Christian religion takes its name from Christ, as a title given to Jesus of Nazareth, always capitalized as a singularly descriptive title meaning literally The Anointed One. In English translations of the New Testament, the Greek Inoouc Xpiotoc, and related phrases, are almost invariably translated Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus, leading to the common, though inaccurate, perception that 'Christ' was the last name of Jesus of Nazareth. The part of Christian theology focusing on the identity, life, teachings and works of Jesus, is known as Christology." (taken from the good ol' semi-reliable Wikipedia)

And, in the spirit of the season, here's another "I did not know that" factoid: "In 1966, during his annual two weeks of active duty, [Jimmy] Stewart requested a combat assignment and participated in a bombing strike over Vietnam."

George Bailey bombed Charlie! Oh, schnap!

8 comments:

spydrz said...

"Merry Christmas, you old Saigon!"

Too soon?

The Law Fairy said...

Here, here, spydrz! The Buffalo Gals want to come out tonight!

I'm such a sucker for holiday cheer.

The Dubin said...

Way to go Jimmy! You've jumped straight ahead of Jimmy Page (#2), Jimi Hendrix (#3), and Jimmy Carter (#23,419,065) on my list of favorite Jimmys.

Micah said...

I swear, you Baby Killers stick together.

Where, pray tell, does Jimmy "J.J." Walker stand on your list?

spydrz & law fairy - Pol Pot: "Happy New Year to you, too"

Yep, it's truly heartwarming to think that Mr. Smith Went to Danang.

Or how about "George Bailey lassos VC"?

jasdye said...

hilarious.

but what about jimmy clinton?

jasdye said...

jimmy neutron?

jimmy dean?

ok, that's it. that's all i could think of.

jasdye said...

jimmy olson?

Micah said...

You're so funny! You should write for "Mad TV."

Just kidding.

And you left out Jimmy Beam. And Jimmy James from "News Radio."