Typos, I hate them, especially mine. I even correct my typos if I find them later (days, months, even years later), but sometimes there are typos I find…in books, in signs, on Facebook (perish the thought!) that give me pause. Typos that make me think, laugh, or whatever suits my fancy.
This is a story about one of them. For those who know me, I am a pedometer geek and I can be found walking around the city. I walk to the post office; I walk to the bank: I walk to the library: I walk to the lake. Suffice it to say, I walk; however, that doesn’t make me a streetwalker, but I digress.
Having said that, I do walk to and from the post office almost daily, and generally I take the same route. Along the way, I pass the Huron Boat Basin amphitheater, which has the summer line-up of shows and events posted on a sign that is re-painted, then hung each year with the dates and events for the current year.
As many times as I have walked past it since it was re-hung with 2015’s events, I didn’t really pay attention until the other day. That’s when I caught it: the typo that gave me pause. The typo that might not be a typo if examined more closely.
The date and event: July 25: X-Mass; Rumors (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band)
X-Mass! Is it a typo or not? Is X-mass the equivalent of X-games (extreme games) for a mass? In other words: Extreme mass for the city of Huron? The largest church in Huron is St. Peter’s Catholic Church so…maybe there will be an outdoor mass, one of the largest ever, an X-sized mass, perhaps? Or even a X-rated mass?
Whatever X-Mass is, it sounds like it could be pretty cool even if I am not a Catholic.
Of course, I know that Huron Parks and Recreation’s Boat Basin always has a Christmas in July celebration, but I like considering the other possibilities. I have probably not thought of all of them so feel free to send along suggestions on what X-Mass might mean, too.
Disclaimer: Since there are those people who get all bent out of shape about abbreviating Christmas to X-Mas, here is the explanation. In the Greek alphabet, Chi, that is X, is often used to replace the first three letters in Christ, which is why people shorten it to X-mas. They are not taking the Christ out of Christmas.