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Why do some words have “X” as a substitute?

I went to Online Etymology and this is what I found:

"Christmas," 1551, X'temmas, wherein the X is an abbreviation for Christ in Christmas, from first letter of Greek Christos "Christ". The earlier way to abbreviate it was Xp- or Xr-, corresponding to "Chr-," and the form Xres mæsse for "Christmas" appears in the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" (c.1100).

But I fail to understand how did this transform happen? Mention in popular culture or books would be greatly appreciated.

  • Please don't remove the duplicate link. Thanks!
    – user11550
    Dec 26, 2012 at 6:45


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