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Thursday 23rd October 2014
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Why does the letter X signify a kiss?

Question

Why does the letter X signify a kiss?
Chris, Camden

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Phil, Sale
Qualification: I just remember these things
Answer: It comes from times when people couldn’t read or write, so couldn’t sign their name. They would be required to kiss the ring of a priest and then write their mark, which would be an X, which was the way they were saying they had made the mark in the presence of God. So X became synonymous with kisses.

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