How did "x" and "o" represent kisses and hugs?

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    Hugs and kisses
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    Hugs and kisses or xoxo is a term used for expressing affection or good friendship at the end of a written letter, email or SMS text message. Some sources discuss the possibility of "x" referring to kisses and "o" referring to hugs.[1][2] However, other sources indicate that "x" is used to signify hugs and "o" is used to signify a kiss.[3][4][5][6] The use of "x" to signify a kiss dates back to as early as 1763

    This tradition started with the Medieval practice of allowing those who could not write to sign documents with an "X". This was done before witnesses, and the signer placed a kiss upon the "X" to show sincerity. This is how the kiss came to be synonymous with the letter "X", and how the "X" came to be commonly used at the end of letters as kiss symbols

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    A lot of work there, Colleen. Thank you.

    I knew about the signing of documents with an "X" but not the rest of the explanation. Thanks Colleen! Always fun to learn something new. As always, X

    Do you have a better idea for kisses and hugs? 

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