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X and O

I was trying to find out where this comes from. The use of X and O’s to signify Hugs and Kisses, and so far I have come up with this:

The REAL definition behind X’s and O’s is this
The first mention in literature of XXX for kisses at the bottom of a letter was in 1901, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The X itself is very old.

The custom goes back to the early Christian era, when a cross mark or “X” was the same as a sworn oath. The cross referred to the cross of Calvary and the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Xristos.

Even as little as a hundred and fifty years ago, not many people could read or write. The “X” at the bottom of a document took the place of a signature. They would kiss the “X” as a crucifix or bible was kissed to emphasize the importance of the mark. It was this practice that lead to the “X” representing a kiss.

O is an American thing and represents the arms wrapping around someone.

Pretty nice don’t you think?


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