3/23/11

X is for Xanth and the Third Letter of TeXas

(1) X /'eks/n, often cap, often attrib 1a: the 24th letter of the English alphabet
(2) TEN
(3) an unknown quantity
(4) something shaped like or marked with the letter X.....

........ (5) the third letter in TeXas!
Now, Ya'll know that Webster was a TeXan....
how else would #(5) definition get in there!

Oh All Right !!! So I made that up!!!
But not XANTH !!!
It's a real X word and is a form of the Greek word Xanthos for Yellow!

Which brings me back to TeXas!  The Xanth Rose is the Unofficial State Flower of TeXas!

"The Yellow Rose of Texas" is a traditional folk song. The original love song has become associated with the legend of "how a slave named Emily Morgan helped win the battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle in the Texas Revolution." 

The song is based on a Texas legend from the days of the Texas War of Independence. According to the legend, a woman named Emily D. West — a mulatto, and hence, the song's reference to her being "yellow" — who was seized by Mexican forces during the looting of Galveston seduced General Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico and commander of the Mexican forces. The legend credits her supposed seduction with lowering the guard of the Mexican army and facilitating the Texan victory in the Battle of San Jacinto waged in 1836 near present-day Houston. Santa Anna's opponent was General Sam Houston, who won the battle literally in minutes, and with almost no casualties.



Linking To Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday for The Letter X
(Jenny's Guests)

26 comments:

Ames said...

I love Yellow roses. They are my favorite! I love Texas too! Great song and great post Sue!~Ames

Donnie said...

That was very interesting and Texas is a beautiful state.

Judie said...

Well, I learned something new here, and that always makes me happy!!

Vicki/Jake said...

BY FAR THE MOST XCELLENT X POST!!!

LOVE THE YELLOW ROSE.

LOVE THE TUNE.

LOVE THAT YOU LIVE IN TEXAS.

BUT

MOSTLY CAUSE I'M A SCRABBLE ADDICT!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Great Scrabble word!

Along These Lines ... said...

I prefer the other version, you know, the one about the long lines of cabs waiting at the Houston airport: "The Yellow Rows of Taxis"

EG CameraGirl said...

Webster was really a Texan? I did NOT know that. In my sixth grade class was a Texan who sang The Yellow Rose Of Texas in our talent show. TRUE!

Teresa said...

Very creative use of the letter X. I love that rose--very beautiful.

storybeader said...

so, it was actually a brainy woman who won the war. Should've known! {:-Deb

Annesphamily said...

My Sweets says you are a thoughtful lady with a terrific post! You and Texas! You always find a way to incorporate your love of your home state! I like that loyalty! Hugs and XXX OOO Anne

Wanda Metcalf said...

Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great!
Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev'ry test
O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.

=0)

Diane said...

I love xanth roses! :)

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Yay! I, too, am a Scrabble nut! Thanks for the new and lovely yellow word - XANTH!
Happy X Day!
Coralie

Anonymous said...

Love this post, Sue! I love yellow roses and The Yellow Rose of TeXas.

And, to blend with your X post, I love Xantiana and Noah Xavier...two of my delightful grandchildren.:-)

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sue, I just caught with your posts I have missed. Bill is home this week on spring break. We have been doing lots of projects like the garage and the yard. Well "I" do the yard except for mowing. He hates it as well as any hard labor. He says he uses is brain instead of his brawn. I say hogwash!!! HA! He is loving, fun, kind, and a keeper in spite of his lazy ways, he is still a keeper for almost 48 years now.

Love the song, the story and the X in Texas. Afun post today.

The vintage Hankies are all so pretty. I have always had a thing for hankies but I don't use them either. I tuck one in my purse though. Just in case.

I too love the feminine days of old. Beautiful vintage clothes. BUT, I love modern conveniences!!!
Hugs, Jeanne

So now that I am caught up with your posts, the garage is still not done. Have a wonderful day and thank for the music. It is giving me energy to get to work. Smile

Susan Anderson said...

What a clever post! And a nice little bit of history, too.

=)

SusanB-knits said...

Great post! I didn't know the story behind the song. :)

Jo said...

Great post ... and my who doesn't know that song ... it was great to actually hear the story behind it!!!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love that song and I adore yellow roses...

Maybe I should have been born in Texas?

La said...

The Yellow Rose of Texas reminds me of my all-time favorite movie, Giant, with Elizabeth Taylor who we lost yesterday. I think I was meant to visit you today. :o)

Pat said...

Yellow roses - it doesn't get any better. I got so sidetracked catching up on your other posts...the hankies...oh my! The bits and pieces of lace just melt my heart. Beautifully composed images. Thank you for sharing.

Jackie said...

what a lovely yellow rose Xanthos is and it's perfect for texas !

Su-sieee! Mac said...

All this time I thought the yellow rose was about the flower and it being a symbol of glory or something. I like the real story much better. Now to go read more about her. Thanks.

Sandra said...

thanks for telling me on my blog that you have this blog also. missed it. love your creative X's

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Beautiful post! I wonder if the people in Texas know that yellow rose is the State flower.

Jenny said...

What a great, big, heart-of-gold, Texan post!

I never heard the word Xanth before and I shall use it an impress someone, anyone, with my linguistic talents quite soon.

In the interim, I just want to thank you for such an X-cellent and X-emplary link to Alphabe-Thursday's letter 'X'.

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