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** What is the meaning of "XOXO" which people write in letters


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what are xoxo


Hugs and kisses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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** Hugs and kisses **

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Look up /*xoxo*/ in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

"xoxo" redirects here. For other uses, see XOXO (disambiguation).

'Hugs and kisses as used at the end of a written letter, email or in a SMS
text message. Most commonly the *X* is considered to stand for "Kisses" and
the *O* for Hugs.

*Origins[edit]*

The common custom of placing Xs on envelopes, notes and at the bottom of
letters to mean kisses dates back to the Middle Ages, when a Christian
cross was drawn on documents or letters to mean sincerity, faith, and
honesty.^[1] A kiss was then placed upon the cross, by the signer as a
display 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 could not
read or write, the 'X' was placed on documents, and a kiss placed upon it
as a show of their sincerity.^[2] The Chi Rho, often represented with the
letter 'X', was also used as a holy symbol throughout Christian history as
it represented the Greek word for Christ /ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ/;
this gave rise to the practice of using the letter 'X', which was then
kissed in this tradition of displaying a sacred oath.^[1]^[3]

There appears to be speculation on the internet (so far one original source
stating this as speculation), that the 'O' is of North American descent:
when arriving to the United States, Jewish immigrants, most of whose first
language was Yiddish, would use an 'O' to sign documents, thus not using
the sign of the cross, and shop keepers would often use an 'O' when signing
documents, in place


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugs_and_kisses

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