Why Does ‘XOXO’ Mean Kisses And Hugs?


“Whether you end a letter or e-mail with it — or you recognize it from the end of each Gossip Girl episode — ‘Xoxo’ is commonly known to refer to the phrase ‘Kisses and hugs.’ But how did these two inconspicuous letters come to represent that well-known phrase? One possible explanation is that an ‘X’ is a stylized representation of two mouths kissing, while the ‘O’ represents two pairs of arms coming together to complete a hug. This emoticon-inspired account makes sense, but the true explanations are more likely rooted in religious history.” w/ photo

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