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October 17, 2008

Hugs and Kisses also known as Love and Kisses is a term for a sequence of the letters X and O, e.g. XOXO, typically to express affection or good friendship at the end of a written letter, email or text message.

It is debatable which letter represents which act. One 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." Another interpretation assumes X as the crossed arms of a hug and O as the puckered lips of a kiss, as the order is normally spoken "Hugs and Kisses" which would correspond to the order that the x's and o's are written. Also, it could be said that the X's are the arms crossing during a hug, and the O's are the circular shape that two people make when kissing. Additionally, there is another interpretation, based on the pronunciation of the letters X (sounds like 'kiss') and O (sounds like 'hold', as in 'I hold you').

So to one and all, XOXO - in whatever order you would like your hugs and kisses- for example, you may be one who likes your kiss to be followed by a hug or a hug to be followed by a kiss - whatever, just hug and kiss one another and let the world begin to love each other....

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