Tuesday, 1 July 2008

X is for.....


X is for xxxx kisses for mummy!




Look...my name was first on mummy's birthday card!
Daddy had smuggled it under the motorbike seat!
Mummy had done all the packing so he had to keep it secret!




We gave daddy the card to give to mummy!
Daddy bought her a special badge which she is wearing all of the time!

It is debatable which letter represents which act. The less common interpretation assumes that X represents the four lips of a kiss and O the four arms of a hug. For example, the Oxford English Dictionary states that X is "used to represent a kiss, esp. in the subscription to a letter."[1] A more common interpretation assumes X as the crossed arms of a hug and O as the puckered lips of a kiss. Also, the order is normally spoken "Hugs and Kisses" which would correspond to the order that the X's and O's are written. Additionally, there is a more simple interpretation, based on the pronunciation of the letters X (sounds like 'kiss') and O (sounds like 'hold', as in 'I hold you').

The use of XOXO goes back to the use of an X or cross, which was considered as good as a sworn oath in times before most people could write and therefore used the X in the same way a signature is used today — a mark of one's word. An X at the end of a letter or document was often kissed as a seal of honesty, in much the same way one would kiss a Bible or kiss the fingers after making the sign of the Christian cross. Thus the X came to represent a kiss in modern times.

The "X" was also the ancient Paleo Hebrew letter Tav, and was a symbol of the Seal of Hashem (God) and it represented truth, completeness, and perfection.

The origins of the O as a hug are not generally known, although it is speculated that it may represent the arms wrapped around someone being hugged.

Wikipedia


Well there you go, we learn something new every day!

19 comments:

Petunia said...

Nice, Wilma!
xxxx from Petunia;)

reader Wil said...

Wow Wilma! That's so interesting! I didn't know this!

RuneE said...

I am quite sure that both of you are worth both X and O - not to mention an XO!

esnorway said...

nice xxxx fine shoots

Dragonstar said...

Thank you for all this information Wilma - I didn't know any of this.

Granny Smith said...

Woof! That has two O's in it, which are for you and your Mommy. And here are X and X to make it complete.

CaBaCuRl said...

Wilma you are such a thoughtful puppy. Mummies deserve lots of XXXX & OOOO.

Greyscale Territory said...

Adore the whole of this posting! Absolutely brilliant! And from a doggy's point of view! Wilma is such a character!

Jerez said...

Kisses are perfect for X..

XXX

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

Its so nice that you Furry Friends send Mummy a card.

Blue said...

What a well educated girl you are Wilma, I sneeked in xxx's too, but didn't know the reasoning behind them.

Pats & pets
Blue
xx
x

Ackworth Born said...

I've known abour xisses from time immemorial but O for hugs is something I never came across till today - what have I been missing?

me ann my camera said...

Very interesting! A great X filled with love.

ann at:
varying seasons

Aileni said...

You educational dog, you.
Nice card.

AphotoAday said...

May your X's and O's always be pentiful...

AphotoAday said...

Ooops, I meant to type "plentiful", but you probably got the idea.

Gary said...

Interesting about the X.
Gary

Nydia said...

I'm soooo late this week... Can't find anything cool xtarting with X! Thanks for the lesson about he XXX and O, it makes sense!
Kisses, or better, XXX from Nydia.

Nydia said...

PS: Happy B-day!!!!!