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What is XOXO?

What is XOXO?

XOXO is a symbol or a series of letter which means “hug and kisses”. In some cases, X is representative of kiss and O is representative of hugs, while in some the reverse is true. In modern letter writing such as in mail and emails (or even chat), XOXO is a sign used to convey affection or used as a sign to sign off. In many cases is it used to replace “love”, “sincerely”, “yours”, etc.  before signing the name.

The X part of XOXO is thought to have come from the early pre-literate era where the illiterate would use X to sign documents, a sign representative of the cross. Some claim that this became a sign for a kiss, because the X would routinely be kissed since it is a holy symbol, much like how one would kiss a crucifix or the bible.

The O is thought to have come from illiterate Jews who preferred signing their names with an O to avoid signing the cross. Some however have a simpler explanation for this, such as O looks like a pair of arms going around a person in a hug.

XOXO is made popular by mainstream media today because of the TV series Gossip Girl, wherein the narrator of the story always signs off with XOXO after every episode.

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Posted by Beth B on Dec 31st, 2010 and filed under Humanities. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response via following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site