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The Banishing of the Letter X


Early last year, long before the first Jaywalker, current publisher John Casnig proposed to the Lake Superior State University Word Banishment selection committee that the letter X should be banished from the Queen's English for "Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness". In January of this year, LSSU released its new list of words slated for removal. Out of over 5,000 submissions, his came in second, ironically following a word with a letter X in it.


So we decided to temporarily follow through with our plan, and published the following notice to our readers:


An Important Announcement!


A Dream Come Nightmare!


We at Jaywalker have long dreamt of disrupting the time-space continuum through a variety of low-key tactics. Thanks to our time travel capabilities, and to a greater degree pure chance, a petition to disrupt the English language was successful, and Jaywalker has removed the 24th letter from the English alphabet. This letter had been so terribly overused in various media and product names in recent years, that we simply could not sit idly by - so we took the initiative, went back in time, and lobbied for its banishment from the language.


Unfortunately, we were not e(ks)perienced with time travel; arriving at a time before we even e(ks)isted, which resulted in a parado(ks). This had led to a series of undesirable consequences, which necessitated even deeper time travel to correct.


Regrettably, this too was not without consequence.


Therefore, we'd like to announce the following adjustments to present-day Kingston:


  1. The Roman numeral for "ten" is now "W". Please adjust your clocks.  

  2. The appropriately numbered street between Fifth and Seventh Avenues in the Kingscourt area has been removed, as has  any trace of its prior e(ks)istence.  

  3. The 24th letter will be removed from all correspondence. In its place you'll find our editor's initials ("ks"). Please note the changes to our mailing address.


For further information, consult your library, 

or go back in time to this location:

2004 List of Banished Words; http://www.lssu.edu/banished/archive/2004.php


We apologize for any inconvenience.



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