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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

“X” = Kiss! – Did You Know. . .

Filed under: Kissing,Romantic Kiss,Romantic Tips! — Larry James @ 7:00 am

How did the “X” sign begin to represent a kiss?

kissmeThis tradition started with the Medieval practice of allowing those who could not write to sign documents with an “X”. This was done before witnesses, and the signer placed a kiss upon the “X” to show sincerity.

The use of “XOXO” goes back to the use of an X or cross, which was considered as good as a sworn oath in times before most people could write and therefore used the X in the same way a signature is used today – a mark of one’s word.

This is how the kiss came to be synonymous with the letter “X”, and how the “X” came to be commonly used at the end of letters as kiss symbols.

The origins of the “O” as a hug are not generally known, although it is speculated that it may represent the arms wrapped around someone being hugged.

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  1. […] Articles: “Need Some Lip Lessons?“ ““X” = Kiss! – Did You Know. . .“ “The 9 Best Kisses in the Rain or […]

    Pingback by The Romantic Kiss | Larry James' BLOG — Saturday, August 17, 2013 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  2. Awesome tips… I really didn’t know.

    Comment by ankit garg — Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  3. […] Article: The Romantic Kiss “X” = Kiss! – Did You Know. . . “Need Some Lip […]

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  4. Well this is something I didn’t know! Thanks for the origins of the X-Kiss!

    Comment by Yvette Francino — Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

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