Friday, October 7, 2011

No need to be cross!

~~ Is not a kiss the very autograph of love?  ~Henry Finck ~~

The other day I was helping a friend who is French write a letter in English.  "What do the little xx's mean at the bottom of emails and letters" she asked me....I instantly replied "they are kisses".  But then she wonders why we use a little x and I assumed it had some sort of religious reason, maybe kissing people who are about to die or who are ill and praying for them!

My photograph The Devils Fingers a strange type of mushroom!

My photograph ~ Stone Cross a tiny chapel in Brittany

Wiki tells me the following ....The use of "x" to signify a kiss dates back to as early as 1765.[3][7] In the middle Ages, many people who were unable to read or write often signed documents using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the documents. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous with each other.

My Photograph ~ Crossed Wires

Some French words.

A religious cross is croix

To cross out is barrer.


Anonymous said...

So interesting to know about the development of the X and the kiss.

Your shots are fabulous - but you've outdone yourself with the last one!

Ken Devine said...

Hi Blu
The mushroom is amazing and is yet another thing I've never seen in my life before now. The photos are great and so is the story behind the kisses.
Have a good week. x

Stephanie said...

I've never seen that strange fungus before. Fascinating to find about the history of X for kiss. Beautiful photos.