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XOXO (Kisses and Hugs) - Quotable Card

XOXO (Kisses and Hugs) - Quotable Card

Item #:279

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Quote: "XOXO"

Author: None.

Inside: blank

Type: Greeting Card, 5 x 5 in., with envelope.

Availability: Usually ships the next business day.

Snippet (on the card): "When sending letters in the Middle Ages, the signer would often initial with a Christian cross, or "X", and place a kiss upon it as a symbol of their faith and sincerity"

The longer version (from Wikipedia): The common custom of placing "X" on envelopes, notes, and at the bottom of letters to mean kisses dates back to the Middle Ages. Since most of the common people could not read or write, the 'X' was placed on documents, and a kiss was placed over it as a show of their sincerity. The Chi Rho, often represented with the letter 'X', was also used as a holy symbol throughout Christian history as it represented the Greek word for Christ. A Christian cross was drawn on documents or letters to mean sincerity, faith, and honesty. A kiss was then placed upon the cross, by the signer as a display of their sworn oath.

In "The Joys of Yiddish" by Leo Rosten, it is noted that illiterate immigrants (or those who did not know Roman-English letters) would generally sign entry forms with an "X" but Jews preferred an "O" to avoid making something that looked like a cross. Also, shopkeepers and salesmen would similarly sign receipts with a circle. Could this be the origin of the "O"?

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Description: Famous quote greeting card, featuring the quote, "XOXO"

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