Prisoner X has been in the news lately, but why does he get that moniker? Philologos reveals the strange, mysterious history of using ‘X’ to designate nameless people.
Far from the invincible heroes of Hollywood or the fixers of popular imagination, noir protagonists are usually pathetic, marginal figures.
What’s the history of the word ‘mystery’? Philogos reveals all, touching on both ancient Hebrew and one of our favorite authors at the same time.