Re: virus: Re: why religious

David McFadzean (
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 09:30:08 -0700

At 09:24 PM 13/11/96 -0800, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:
>Could you footnote your footnote, please? I have never heard this before
>(while I *have* seen X used in various contexts as an abbreviation of
>'Christ'), and am skeptical of your source. Actually, if you have a
>footnote for the Christmas-is-illegal-in-England bit, too, I'm curious
>about it.

>From the alt.atheism FAQ (

What does 'xian' mean?

"What does the abbreviation 'xian' mean? Is it an insult?"

"Xian" is short for "Christian", in the same way that "Xmas" is short
for "Christmas". The letter X represents the initial letter chi of the
Greek 'kristos', meaning "Christ". It's not an insult.

Another variant often seen is "Xtian".

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus