Wednesday, June 30, 2010

X MEANS A KISS!

This was by far the hardest post to date on our journey through the alphabet!  Not many words start with X and those that do are hard to understand!  Thinking about this I asked myself how do I use the letter X?? 


X MEANS A KISS! 
Now the Question
  Why does an "X" mark stand for a kiss?
In medieval times, most people were unable to read or write. When it came time to sign a document, people who could not write usually made an "X" mark. Of course, an "X" is not much of a signature. To add a sense of commitment, it became customary to kiss the "X" after writing it. Kissing the "X" was "performance law," a ritual act that bound the parties the way legal documents bind us today. This act, witnessed by the person who wrote the text, represented a solemn guarantee of the truthfulness of what was written, and an oath to carry out whatever obligations were stated in the document. Over the years, the "X" and the kiss became interchangeable. Today, people who can read and write might still add one or more "X" marks to their letters, maybe with a couple of "O"s thrown in for hugs.

So there you have it!  Kisses and Hugs....
X's and O's!! 
Which makes this bracelet very speical

Italian Gold X's and O's

One of my favorite pieces of jewelry
It was a gift from long ago!

I hope you will go over to Miss Jenny's and see what 
X words others have come up with
Should be very entertaining! 

Always,
Linda

43 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Very good "X" post. That was a hard one this week. Thanks for the history you gave us.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty bracelet! Thanks for the bit of history.

Joyce said...

Like your X idea.
Joyce

Red Couch Recipes said...

Linda, I agree with you about the X post! I am still working on mine...try finding a food that begins with an x in the English language! I love your bracelet! Joni

Julie Harward said...

This is a good one Linda..the best..nothing better than XOXOXOX'S Can never have enough of them! LOL Come say hi :D

Deb said...

Love the festive background! Happy 4th!

Claudie said...

I knew I came here for a great reason today Linda. I have always signed below my name with X's and O's, but I never knew the meaning behind it. Thank you my friend. I think your bracelet is very special also. Funny that we both posted about bracelets today huh?
I LOVE your background too. Very patriotic. BTW, what happens to this mimi when you get to Z? Do you start all over again? I like it, I might join in next time it goes around.
Happy 4th of July Linda.
Love you
Love me
xoxoxoxo

The Lazy Peacock said...

Gorgeous bracelet!
Have a great 4th!

Debbie said...

I love it!!~ That was clever Linda:)!!~ XXXXXXX!!~

Suzanne said...

I never knew this...and by the way, I love the bracelet!!!

Pondside said...

That was lovely! xoxox

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the bracelet. You at least came up with a real x. I made one up.

Mary said...

I didn't know about kissing the X~ I'm always learning something new on Alphabe-Thursday! Thanks for the lesson, Happy 4th :-)

Short and Sweet said...

Thank you for the very informative lesson on the letter "X" and kisses. I never knew that the letter "X" had a history behind it!

Viki said...

I agree X was the hardest. This was very interesting though. I knew about people who couldn't write made an X for their signature but I had no idea about the history of X as it related to the kiss. Great X post.

Brenda said...

I did not know that was where the x for kisses came from. Thanks for the history lesson!

GardenofDaisies said...

I have filled so many letters with x's and o's over the years. :-) It's good to have people to love and who love me in return! Great idea for your x post!!

Chatty Crone said...

X also marks the spot! xo sandie

jeff campbell said...

Well done 'plate woman'...another beautiful set of arrangements...Peace and blessings...XOXOXOXOXO

Jo said...

wonderful x post and your bracelet is gorgeous!

Cheryl D. said...

I like your use of X! Very clever!

rose said...

good piece of history. thanks

Anna said...

Very good solution forthe letter X! And I wish I had had a bracelet like yours to use here, since my blog is supposed to be about jewellery. This time I chose a subject very far removed from jewellery.
Best wishes,
Anna

Anna's X-words

Maggie B said...

Great X post, my favourite so far! I didn't know the history behind why X meant a kiss and hadn't a clue what the O stood for.
Hugs!! Wonderful.
BTW Your 4th July table is fabulous, have a great weekend.
Maggie

My name is PJ. said...

Love your holiday blog decor!

I learned something new here today! I had never heard that before.

mbkatc230 said...

What a fun post! I had no idea how x and o came to stand for hugs and kisses. The things we learn in Mrs. Matlock's class! Kat

5thsister said...

An X post AND a history lesson! I love it!

Jenny said...

I love this! I never thought beyond writing this on cards and notes and it was fascinating!

Your bracelet is charming. It looks like such a sentimental piece of jewelry.

Thank you for linking up to such a hard letter.

You did X-ceptionally well with it!

A+

Terra said...

OH! X's and O's I love it! THat was very clever!

The Paint Splash said...

X kiss and hugs! Very original.Have a wonderful 4th. Debbie

laterg8r said...

wonderful and informative :D

Catherine said...

Very interesting history of those XOXOs!
Blessings,
Catherine :)

RACHELLE said...

i could never figure out which one was kiss and which was hug.....the "o" reminded me of a mouth about to kiss...and the "x" reminded me of crossing arms for a hug.... but i never knew if i was right ...apparently i was not! haha . thanks for schooling me on the x's and o's :)

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Very interesting post. Your bracelet is wonderful.

mrs. c said...

How clever you are on your X post. I adore your braceley, I hope you have a wonderful 4th and find lots of "treasures" this weekend.

Christy said...

I love your bracelet - I had a similar one but mine was just costume jewelery!
XO's

Jingle said...

cute x post.
sweet kiss!

Steph said...

What a clever and interesting post. I learned something. Thanks.

The Muse said...

Simply sweet! And your bracelet is just so divine :)
Agreed, X was hard (shh don't tell the teacher)
but you made it look so easy!
Nicely done :)

please come visit me at:
http://adivashammer.com/
Where I too joined in the X-
EXTRAVAGANZA :)
Isn't Ms Jenny's class the most fun?

Sarah said...

Xcellent post! I never knew why X stood for a kiss. Love the bracelet!
Thanks for sharing in the fun! Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

signed...bkm said...

Wonderful post for X - love the bracelet - great job...bkm

Cheryl said...

This was one of the best X posts I've seen. It explains something that's always been slightly mysterious and that bracelet: to die for.

Douce France..... said...

Hello Linda! I am catching up on some past posts!
This is lovely! I have one too from Italy, different design !
Have a nice evening!