My daughter’s kindergarten class had “X” week last week. We had to find SOMETHING original for her to bring. Something struck me in the back of my mind, and a quick Google brought it to me: “Xebec.” A xebec, according to the authority, Wikipedia, is:
a Mediterranean sea sailing ship that was used for trading and other things. It has a long overhanging bow and stern. It also refers to a small, fast vessel of the 16th to 19th centuries, used almost exclusively in the Mediterranean Sea.
Note that Wikipedia classifies the article as, ahem, needing work. I am guessing the gem …”trading and other things…” fits that bill… Anyway, “piracy” seems to be one of those “other things.” Here is a nice-looking model of one, yours, for $225, at SMC Trading:
So this was all interesting, but it ended up being moot because my wife said it had to be a word they might actually know [editor’s comment: beginning with “X”??!!]. Well, as it happened, I had to take my daughter to school the next day. And don’t you know, they have a picture board with “X” letters… and guess what is gracing it… That’s right, I’m the man…