The Malephabet
An archive of all words male.

X-Factor (Ex Fak-ter)

X-Factor – noun, referencing an unknown quantity that makes a substantial difference in the outcome of an event. Synonym of catalyst, gamechanger

"Leona Lewis would be an X-Factor in any relationship. She also starred on the British show The X-Factor."

"Leona Lewis would be an X-Factor in any relationship. She also starred on the British show The X-Factor."

(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.

"Neon Deion, the 2 sport X-Factor, gamechanger extraordinare."

"Neon Deion, the 2 sport X-Factor, gamechanger extraordinare."

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.

"If Simon Cowell is involved with this X-Factor show, it must be long, drawn out bullshit too."

"If Simon Cowell is involved with this X-Factor show, it must be long, drawn out bullshit too."

*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.

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