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  1-Dec-2004
1996-2004
  Mike Todd

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Where it's not obvious: BE = British English, AE=American English and ext-link indicatorindicates an external link
Xerox
  The Xerox company owns the trademark, but (like Hoover) the word is now in the language as a verb. To xerox something is simply to photocopy it, whether or not a Xerox machine is involved
Xmas
  Okay, not strictly AE, but included because it is often misunderstood and many religious Americans actually decry its use because of its apparent secularisation of the Christian festival. In fact the "X" is a very long-standing (nearly as old as Christianity itself) abbreviation for Christ, and it arises from the Greek Chi, which is the first letter of "Christ". It is definitely not a cross symbolising Christ, nor was it invented to denegrate Christ.

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