In ancient Siam once a king ordered a novel punishment for one of his ministers he was annoyed with. He presented the minister with an animal considered sacred there,which the minister was obliged to maintain in a style that would very soon make him bankrupt.This royal tactic by the king has given rise to an English phrase X Y.
In Burma as well, X Y have been revered as symbols of power and good fortune. The announcement by the ruling military regime of the finding of X Y in 2001 and 2002 was seen by opponents as being aimed at bolstering support for their regime.
In the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand a “X Y stall” at a fair or market has unusual or miscellaneous items for sale that have been donated, as they were “X Y” to their owners.
Back home X Y is considered to be the carrier of a ‘Heavenly’ God.
Many projects in modern times have been accused of being X Y with some notable being the Shanghai maglev ,the Ada programming language and it was feared that even Delhi metro would turn out to be one.
My question is simple just Id. what is X Y.