Saturday, January 23, 2010


X signs off....or X as a British signature seems to be a popular thing....what exactly does it mean??? I am a bit confused on the meaning behind it because I thought it was meant to be a signature for close friends....a "kiss" so to speak.....

It is somewhat common in the US to use the "xoxo" - meaning hugs & kisses - as an ending or a signature. However, the " X " seems to be the British version of that. I never see the "O" in there.

So, given that this X tends to be used when corresponding with close friends, imagine my surprise when I received an email from a work client/colleague/acquaintance and HE ended his email with 

There was no name, no "bye", no "regards", etc. 
I was surprised and still am a bit perplexed....

I am wondering if I have the meaning of this signature incorrect??? Would you use such a signature or ending in a business setting? 


Anonymous said...

I'm equally mystified by this one, it seems to mean kisses but yet I get this signature from some of the most inappropriate people who should not be sending me kisses, but always of a certain generation.

Iota said...

Yes, X means a kiss, but that seems weird, from a colleague.

In the old days, people who couldn't read or write would sign legal documents with an X, but I don't think it could be a jokey reference to that. Just seems odd.

Kris said...

I think it does mean 'kiss' over here. I usually get it from my English friends who are of younger generation or near my own age, and always only from women. I too would be thrown off getting that from a man or from anyone in a professional situation.

~Mary said...

I also had no idea. I work in a bakery and most people want an X after the message on their cake. I was mystified that there was NEVER an O. Only a X.

In Scotland o one says thank you. They say Ta. I think it's ridiculous.