You’ve certainly seen it at least once today, if not actually used it yourself. The “X” as a universal symbol for a kiss is firmly rooted in our lexicon.
It’s become so familiar that we barely think about it, but how did this letter become shorthand for a sign of affection?
We take a look at why X’s equal kisses, and ponder whether they still will in the future
History and theories
The Oxford English Dictionary‘s definition of the modern alphabet’s 24th letter says the X can be “used to represent a kiss, esp. in the subscription to a letter.” But it’s not just letters or notes anymore. We sign off our text messages, emails and even comments on social sites with X’s. Read more…