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Where does "xoxo" come from

Posted by R.Berg on November 01, 2001

In Reply to: Where does "xoxo" come from posted by Susan on November 01, 2001

: when you see a love letter signed "xoxo, john" what is the origin of "xoxo?"

The Xs and Os stand for "love and kisses." They may appear in other sequences, such as XXX OOO XXX OOO. I forget whether the Xs represent love and the Os kisses or the other way round, as well as the basis for this symbolism. Anybody out there know?