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." 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.
Well there you go, we learn something new every day!
In 2003 I was rescued from a nasty man who had decided to try and make some money out of breeding German Shepherds. He wasn't a nice man and kept us in a yard. We had never met any humans in the first 5 months of our lives. Fortunately for us we were resued by the German Shepherd Rescue People who took us back to their big kennels in Newcastle. Mummy and Daddy said Goodbye to Inca, a beautiful German Shepherd who had gone to Doggie Heaven. They came to see me and my sister. My sister had a new home and I went home to a lovely village on the North York Moors. I still have problems, I am very nervous but have made progress so Mummy says.
I go for wals with mummy, the beach is my favourite as I love swimming. My best friend was Max, who sadly died Christmas 2006. Shortly after Elsie, another German Shepherd moved in!
I share my house with Mummy, Daddy, Elsie, Ella the cat and Jo the goose.