X is for Xenodochial

Just three days left to the #AtoZChallenge – and we are on Day 24! I am definitely going to miss this when we wrap it up.  Sigh.

It is X for Xenodochial and I was introduced to this word by my very dear friend Kaarina Dillabough when she had the business Alphabet series on her blog last year. What a fabulous collaborative experience that was! Hers is one of the most xenodochial blogs I know!

xenodochial is defined as “Given to receiving strangers; hospitable”

xenodochium is “A house of reception for strangers and pilgrims; a hotel, guest-house, especially in a monastery.”

xenodochy is the “Entertainment of strangers; hospitality.”

Do you find my  blog xenodochial? 

vidya sury xenodochial

Thanks notbuyinganything.blogspot.com

I am pleased to be your xenagogue – do make yourself comfortable as we browse a few X words!

xenoepist is “Someone who speaks with a foreign accent.”


xenodochiophobia is “An irrational fear of foreign hotels that may include a fear that there won’t be soap, proper toilet paper, clean towels, etc.”

Interesting eh?

xenoglossia  is the alleged power of a person to communicate with others in a language which he/she has never learned in psychic research. It is the knowledge of a language which supposedly has never been studied by certain people.

xenoglossy is a paranormal phenomenon in which a person is able to speak a language that he or she could not have acquired by natural means. An example would be a someone who speaks French fluently and like a native, but who has never studied French, never been to a French-speaking country, nor associated with French-speakers; would be considered to be an example of xenoglossy.

xenomania is an insane fancy for or obsessive interest in foreigners or for things foreign.

xenonosocomiophobia is a fear of foreign pickpocket specialists which should not be considered an abnormal anxiety.


(ref: http://wordinfo.info/

Oh, anyone remember Xena the warrior princess?

And Xanadu, Mandrake the Magician’s abode?


Wikipedia image

X is also for Xylophone and this brings back many noisy memories from my son’s childhood. The happiness continues whenever we have friends visiting with kids.  I find it delightful to see kids freaking out over creating noise. LOUD noise. Yes. Nothing compares to shaking up the energy in a space with children’s laughter and their “activities”

Xylophone Xenodochial

And finally, it is X for xoxo

Enjoy your weekend!


#AtoZChallenge Xenodochial

Today, I recommend

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge – check out this post about the A to Z Reflections linky

Jer’s blog: Ordinary Never Sleeps

A special thanks to Roshni for mentioning my blog in her W post!

And since it is Saturday, here is a list of posts from this week:

Spring Cleaning Spells Freedom

Top Twenty Turmeric health benefits

Universe Unfolds

Vitamins for Vegetarians


Xenodochial – you are here now.

Feel free to browse around!

vidya sury welcome

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  • Reply
    Carole Remy
    April 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Thanks for the words, Vidya! I love words and didn’t know any of these. Woohoo! You are a wonder!

    Are you feeling 100% again? I hope so. Hug,


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    Priya Sreeram
    April 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    vidya- hugs, my vocab has got a refreshing addition of x words thanks to your post

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    April 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    XOXOXO …loved this.

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    Corinne Rodrigues
    April 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Ah! A nice list you’ve got here.

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    April 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Oh dear Lord, Vidya. I am amazed with an X! This is one fab post.

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    April 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

    wow! So many cool words, Vidya!

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    Joy V. Smith
    April 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Wow! Great collection of X words! And thanks for Mandrake the Magician. That was fun too. (I took the easy way out, but it worked for my theme.)

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    Shilpa Garg
    April 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for this informative post! XOXO 😀

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    April 27, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I enjoyed Xena – more so because she’s a New Zealander. xoxo to you to Vidya.

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    April 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Aaah… so much of new words. Thanks for this 🙂

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    Kajal Kapur
    April 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Quite a busy post there…so many ‘X’ words…seemingly all new to me 🙂 Thanks

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    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes
    April 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    What an interesting collection of X words.

    Rhonda @Laugh Quotes

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    Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar
    April 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Ah! Xenodochial. This is my word for today too. Lovely post. What a pleasant world this would be if this attitude were to become more common.

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    Kaarina Dillabough
    April 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Xtraordinary my friend:) And thanks for that lovely tip of the hat. Savouring thoughts of our xtra special xtraordinary time together. Cheers! Kaarina

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    April 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I loved all the new words I have come across here today! And of course Xanadu! Thanks for reminding me of it! Btw, yours is indeed a xenodochial blog page 🙂

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    April 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Really interesting post.
    I now have the word to describe a particular phobia haha!

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    April 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    This is fantastic!! While we struggled with our Xs ,you came with a whole lot of them here.Vocabulary boost has happened.

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    Marjorie McAtee
    April 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    That sure is a lot of X words! People will be referring to this post for years to come! 🙂

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    Rhonda Erb
    April 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I don’t know you, but in visiting your blog I think it’s safe to say that it’s not only a “Xenodochial” place, but I suspect your in-real-life home is as well. You seem like someone I could reach through the blogosphere and get a big hug from!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Indeed Rhonda. Here is a huge hug (arms wide open…and heart too!) Hugs and love to you. I appreciate your support through this fantastic month. I hope we meet some day! (nothing is impossible)

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    Meena Menon
    April 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    :-O I dono half the words!

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    Sandy Campbell
    April 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    What a cool post!! Loved it, and look at all the new words I learned today!!

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    April 28, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Vidya, I love learning new things, and this post of yours certainly did the job. I never knew there were so many words with the root “xeno” (I pretty much only knew of xenophobia). Perhaps I’ll have the fortune to travel abroad someday so I can find out for myself it I suffer from xenodochiophobia or xenonosocomiophobia. I don’t have xenomania, but I’d say I have a good bit of xenophilia. Thank you so much for recommending my blog, too, very generous of you. Have a great day.

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    April 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Nice compilation Vidya. Xenoglossy is spooky though!

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    April 29, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Well I, for one, will be following your xenagogue beyond the end of the challenge! I would love to have a case of xenoglossy – that would be awesome!

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    Sandra Pawula
    May 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Yes, I absolutely find your blog “xenodochial”. It seems like “xeno” is all about things foreign and strange. Except XOXO!

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