24 October 2010


Have you ever wondered why we write an 'x' when we want to signify a kiss in text?
As someone who often adds an 'x' to my name when signing off, I thought that it might be a good idea to find out what this symbol is all about.

There are a few different explanations rolling around the ether.
Firstly there is the mathematical theory [snore], which takes the view that X can signify zero or '[an] infinity [of delight]'.  It can also 'multiply' love and joy = less 'snorey' + more 'cutesy'.

Second theory =  The X represents the stylised picture of two mouths touching each other...whichever way you look at it!

History though suggests that, most early illiterates signed their documents with a cross which symbolised a 'promise of truth'.  Then, to further confirm the veracity of what had been endorsed the author would kiss his signature, which was something that he or she was probably used to doing with a holy book or document. 1

The modern day use of an X to symbolise a kiss at the end of a letter or note dates back to 1765 2 and probably is a blend of each of these suggestions.

So there you have it....I hope that there are lots of heartfelt X's in your day today.

If you would like to create your own 'X'-worthy artwork and don a gorgeous new persona ala the hit TV show 'Mad Men' as I have below, head on over to this fun space!  

Thank you to Objects of Whimsy for letting me know about this.., pop on over to view who she became. If you decide to do a little 'Mad Men' remodeling yourself, I'd love to see your look.  Come back and let me know if you post about it!

Throughout the month of October I am participating in Blogtoberfest by posting-my-way-through-the-alphabet.  To find out more and to see who else is participating, click this icon in my sidebar...

1. http://www.trivia-library.com
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugs_and_kisses


  1. I'm so addicted to that show. Just watched the 13th episode from season 4 last night.

  2. Beautiful, Felicity. I adore the X is for kisses!
    Have a sweet Sunday. xxxx

  3. I enjoy learning how things come to be. Might head over and try a bit of creativity. Charmaine

  4. I'm all about the x's too, so that was a very interesting read. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. nice outfit Felicity!!!

    I must confess Ive gone back a few times and Im gathering snapshots. It feels like grownups paper dolls.

  6. Hi Felicity,
    What a lovely post! Thank you so much for your nice comments about my art and for posting it on your sidebar! Have a great week! Jennifer:)

  7. This is so cute! I love that there is a possible mathematical, artist and historical explanation for the plain ol' x. Any way you look at it it is a cool symbol. Love the Mad Men graphic - it is the best thing on TV!


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