I’m Right, You’re Wrong: XOXO

by Marinka on January 25, 2014

It’s finally time for another installment of I’m Right, You’re Wrong, where I use the internet to work out disputes with loved ones. Because I can’t get on the Jerry Springer Show.

The rules are that I will present you with a dispute, but anonymously, so as not to influence you to agree with my position and shun the other one, and then you weigh in. Ready? (Oh right, on the internet, no one can hear you screen and/or say “yes, I’m ready!”)

Dilemma: In the common sign-off, XOXO, does X= kiss and O= hug, or vice versa? (BTW, I just came up with a name for a hit TV show: Miami Vice Versa.)

Disagreers: Marinka and Some people who are wrong.

Position One: X is a kiss because when you kiss, your lips make an X and when you hug, you arms make a circle.

Position Two: X is a hug because the saying is “hugs and kisses” not “kisses and hugs”.

What do you think? Is it obvious that there is an answer, or is this question just one of many that you haven’t considered in your life?

To assist with this dilemma, I did some research, which I think is really helpful:

XOXO or hugs and kisses, a way to express affection (either x’s or o’s may represent kisses or hugs)

Please weigh in!

xoxo,

Marinka

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Lisa January 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

x = kiss
o = hug
xo = kiss hug
ox = bison

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Zeta January 25, 2014 at 10:23 am

X=kiss
O=hug

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magpie January 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

Extra Old. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognac#Grades

You’re welcome.

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Heather January 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

X= kiss, O = hug

I say “kisses and hugs” but it’s entirely possible I retrained myself to say that at a young age because otherwise it made no sense to write XOXO.

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thecheckoutgirl
Twitter:
January 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Okay, okay, but the X could be arms and the 0 could be a mouth. Please stop making me think about stuff.

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suburbancorrespondent
Twitter:
January 25, 2014 at 1:26 pm

X=Kiss
O=Hug

It’s not supposed to make any sense, by the way. It just IS.

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Anna January 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm

X = kiss. When you write “xxxx,” it means “kisses,” unless of course you are referring to porn, but of course you would never do that.

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glamamom
Twitter:
January 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I’m truly shocked. Always thought it was X=hug & O=kiss, like the saying “hugs & kisses.”

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Carrie January 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

X – Kiss
O- Hug

Except when playing tic-tac-toe
and reversing the order OX is reserved for just me and my huZband 😉

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Sheila January 26, 2014 at 12:47 am

X=Kiss
O=Hug
I always write XXOOXO. Two kisses, two hugs and one of each.

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Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes January 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

I do it the French way : XxX
Three kisses, no hugs.

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Ann
Twitter:
January 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

Position one the only position. It’s generous of you to be so patient and generous with your platform.

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susan weinstein January 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm

X=kisses
Don’t know what O is for.

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susan weinstein January 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm

X=kisses
Don’t know what O is for.

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awesome dude January 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm

All is in the eyes of beholder.

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Laurie January 27, 2014 at 9:59 am

The O is the circle you make with your arms when you put them around somebody.

X stands for kisses because X marks the spot and kisses are specifically planted.

You are right once again Marinka!

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Cheryl
Twitter:
January 27, 2014 at 10:14 am

I don’t understand why people who are total strangers and people who’ve known and liked or loved each other for ages both use this same sign-off. It’s meaningless and terribly uncomfortable and even though I think it should banned, you’re position is, of course, the right one.

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Kizz January 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The fact that people even consider that the O isn’t a hug baffles me. My whole world view is askew. Tell those people to stop.

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Mama bird diaries
Twitter:
January 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm

X = kiss
O = hug
🙂 = bless your heart

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dusty earth mother January 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm

My head hurts. I need some xoxo.

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