Sign here with the letter X

Letter XIn early Semitic writing the letter X was called samekh, meaning “fish.” It was not used as a letter but as a picture symbol for a fish. The Greeks first used X as a letter. The X became associated with the crucifixion and symbolized truth.

Illiterate persons signed documents with an X as an oath that the content is true. Even some kings – although they could write – used the X as a sign of truth and commitment. This symbol of truth eventually became associated with kisses.

So, when you sign a card that says “I love you” off with Xs, not only are you sending kisses but you’re saying, “This is the truth!”

02/10/2009. Category: did you know. Tags: , , , , .

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