X marks the spot!
by DUB MOWERY
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IN AN earlier period of time newspaper photographers would take a picture of a murder scene and then mark the place on it where a murder took place. They might simply declare, “X marks the spot!”

Even before that, during the romantic era pirates would make crude maps of where they buried a treasure by placing an “X” on the spot. During the latter 1930s and early 1940s my dad owned and operated a country grocery store in the community of Bokhoma, which is just north of Tom, in the southeast corner of Oklahoma.

Many adults of that period were not formerly educated and did not know how to write their name. My dad often sold a bill of groceries on credit and the one buying it would place an “X” for their name on the statement. Usually one or two witnesses would also sign the bill.

THE CLICHÉ “X marks the spot” has come to have reference to a solution for a problem, or something satisfying and refreshing. This might have reference to a drink such as vegetable or fruit juice.

Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)

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