X's, crosses as kisses and as blessings

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 4 01:36:37 UTC 2008

At 8:53 PM -0400 7/3/08, Mark Mandel wrote:
>On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 1:12 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  Interesting. And what about O's for hugs?
>Once you have X for a kiss, O for a hug is an iconic partner. "Put your arms
>around me like a circle 'round the sun..."
>How old are X's and O's in tic-tac-toe?
and then there's X's and O's in football.  (A recent commercial, for
[Macanudo] cigars of course, plays off the tic-tac-toe/football
parallel, but doesn't touch on kisses and hugs.)


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