Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X is for Xenomorph

I first heard the word Xenomorph in the awesome movie Aliens. I’m a big fan of the entire Aliens quadrilogy, but not of the Alien v. Predator series. Anyway, in Aliens, the heroic Ripley uses the term xenomorph to describe the Alien, who is really just a physical manifestation of H.R. Giger’s nightmares.

Now, I can’t find the actual word xenomorph in my actual dictionary or in an online dictionary. However, the word xenomorphic appears to be an actual word, and if there’s a xenomorphic, there really ought to be a xenomorph. Come on, English, this one’s easy!

Xenomorphic, it should be noted, is also recognized by my spellcheck, and honestly, spellcheck doesn’t even recognize itself, so there’s that.

Xenomorphic is an adjective used to describe rocks that are not in their normal shape, whatever that shape happens to be. Taken to its Greek roots of xeno and morph, it just means strange shape, so it’s a pretty good term for the Alien. 
There you have it. An X entry in the AtoZ Challenge that I’m willing to bet you haven’t read ANYWHERE today!


  1. I almost did the same topic. Love the Alien flicks and the brilliant design of the creature.

  2. A true fan! That would've been hilarious!