How many words do I know that start with an “X”? Five? Six? If I lived here, I’d clearly up that total dramatically. The Maya definitely have a thing for the X. It’s all over their city names:
Xcaret Xcalak Xpu-Ha Xel-Ha Xtulin X’Tzeal Xcalacoop Xkeken X’Kalakdzonot X’Alau
This is only a very partial list. I love that. I love all those X’s all over the place. Love hearing people try to figure out how to say them, what to make of them. Near as I can tell, the X is an “sh” most of the time. “Xpu-Ha” is “Shpoo-Hah,” “Xel-Ha” is “Shell-Hah” and so on. I know in the ‘X’-based people names I know, the X is an ‘s’ … as in Xiomara, Xochitl and Ximena, so maybe there are some ‘s’ sounds in those city names, too. I want to see some written Mayan text (modern, not ancient, so that it’s written using letters I know!) so I can see if ‘regular words’ are as full of X’s as city names.