XOXO symbolizes hugs and kisses. Are the X's the hugs? Or are the X's the kisses? This was the debate between my husband and I last night when we were discussing my "X" post.
"The X's are the hugs," my husband stated.
"No they're kisses," I corrected.
"No they're hugs," he held his position. "When you hug, you cross your arms like an X." He tried to explain.
"No...the X's are kisses," I answered. "Everyone knows that!"
"Then why do people say hugs and kisses when they read XOXO? If the kisses were the X's it would be kisses and hugs?" He pointed out.
"I don't know...but when a cartoon character is kissed , the kisses leave X's not O's." I shared my theory.
Today I'm putting this debate to rest.
According to 1984 edition of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary:
x, X (eks) -symbol 1. The Roman numeral ten. 2. A mark shaped like an X representing the signature of one who cannot write. 3. A mark used in diagrams, maps, etc., to place some event or substance, or to point out something to be emphasized. 4. A symbol used to indicate a kiss. 5. Christ: an abbreviation used in combination: Xmas.
X is for kisses.