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.
There isn’t much known about the beginnings of the “O”. It is a North American custom. The “O” represents the arms in a circle around another person. Arms crossed in front of you do not mean the “X” as a hug! The “O” is the hug.
Asked by ashleyoverdrive
Today I am working Magis with three loves of my life, Doms, Kitkat and Deanne. :)
I’m supposed to be making a powerpoint.
….I am totally lost. XD
- Her : What would I do without you?
- Him : You’ll never have to find out.
Max Pulan, during one of our En101 classes.
I miss En101. :|