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In the XOXO.....

which are the hugs and which are the kisses?!?!?!

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:12 PM on Apr. 27, 2009 in Just for Fun

Answers (9)
  • x's are kisses O's are hugs

    Answer by ZaTa at 9:13 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • how did they come up with that? anyone know?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:14 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • no idea.. to be honest I couldnt' tell you if that was the true answer. I just think of hugs when I see O because it is the shape your arms make when you wrap your arms around someone to hug them

    Answer by ZaTa at 9:19 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • who cares it all good stuff haha

    Answer by MammaBella at 9:20 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • see i always think the other way b/c you say hugs and kisses ( i dont say kisses and hugs) so the hugs should come first...and you cross your arms for a hug, and make an "o" shape w/your mouth for a kiss....

    Answer by vabchmommy at 9:26 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • you made me curious.. wikipedia states that it is debatable and no one knows for sure LOL

    Answer by ZaTa at 9:32 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • Back in the day of telegrams when they charged per letter, they shortened it to X's and O's, now who THEY are? I have no idea and the telegram part, well I just made that up, but it sounds good doesn't it?

    Answer by Gigi1969 at 9:35 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • The common custom of placing X's on envelopes, notes and at the bottom of letters to mean kisses dates back to Medeival ages, when a cross was drawn on documents or letters to mean sincerity and honesty. A kiss was then placed upon the cross, by the signer as a display of their of their sworn oath. It was also used in early Christian history as much of a display of the same. Since most of the common people were unable to read or write, the 'X' was placed on documents, and a kiss placed upon it as a show of their sincerity, gradually, as it was used so often, the cross was hurried drawn and often resembled an 'X'. The 'O' is of North American descent, no one really seems to know how it was started. It has been said that when arriving to the US, Jewish immigrants would use an 'O' on documents, not using the sign of the cross. Perhaps now it is used as the 'O' being rounded represents arms encircling another, as in an embrace.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 5:59 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • The International Committee for Relatively Pointless Abbreviations and Badly Misspelled Acronyms (SPUDS) has just released a new, internationally approved list of abbreviated signoffs. These include:

    ooo = hugs
    xxx = kisses
    OOO = big hugs
    XXX = big kisses
    oo = hugs for everybody but you
    OO! = big, excited hugs
    CCC = hugs for people you can't quite reach around
    OOQ = hugging with tongue
    xx@ = kisses and earlobe nibbling
    zzz = snoring
    yyy = anything that occurs between kissing and snoring

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 6:01 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

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