X-Factor – noun, referencing an unknown quantity that makes a substantial difference in the outcome of an event. Synonym of catalyst, gamechanger
(Ex Fak-ter) Origin – Factor is based on the Latin word for “He Who Does”; therefore, an X-factor means “He who does or doesn’t.”
Most of you already familiar with this term probably heard it used in a sports context. It certainly applies – genuinely describing the performance of an athlete that substantially changes the way a team plays. When Ricky Watters of the San Francisco 49ers of old, fumbled and bumbled, the team lost. When Ricky’s hands were sticky – you and I don’t want to know – the 49ers won.
Deion Sanders. Ever notice how no one wanted to throw to Deion’s side? Roger Craig of the 49ers. High steppin over defenses. One player, affecting the outcome of a given event. The duality of this is important – but can be applied in a number of different ways – i.e. when Deion was on or off the field, or when Ricky played a good game or not.
*X-Factor also has a comic book which is somehow related to the X-Men line. I don’t know how. There’s also a show called The X-Factor, see the picture of Leona Lewis.