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英语词汇:为什么“XOXO”代表“亲吻和拥抱”的意思?

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发表于 2016-7-9 22:38:50 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  “X”的含义:Kiss,因为“X”的发音和“Kiss”相似。“O”就是“Hugs”(拥抱)。我们做“抱”的姿势不是都把手臂圈成“O”的形状吗? 在西方,许多人都会在书信、电邮或是卡片的末尾写上:XOXO,这样会让人感觉更亲切,更接近,也更温暖。来看看具体的解释吧!
Why Does “XOXO” Mean “Kisses and Hugs”?
          Whether you end a letter or e-mail with it—or you recognize itfrom the end of each Gossip Girl episode—“Xoxo” is commonly known to refer to the phrase “Kisses and hugs.” But how did these two inconspicuous letters come to represent that well-known phrase?
          One possible explanation is that an “X” is a stylized representation of two mouths kissing, while the “O” represents two pairs of arms coming together to complete a hug. This emoticon-inspiredaccount makes sense, but the true explanations are more likely rooted in religious history.
          Because many people in the Middle Ages could not read or write, they would sign importantdocuments with an “X,” which was both a simple mark to make and a reference to the Christiancross. The signee would then kiss the “X” to demonstrate his sincerity and that what was writtenin the document was true—in much the same way that Christians kissed the Bible to display theirbelief in Christ. Besides referencing the actual cross itself, the “X” alluded to the early Christiansymbol called the Chi-rho—named after combining the first two letters of the Greek word forChrist, ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ.
       

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          Tracing the origin of how the “O” came to represent a hug is more difficult. One possibleexplanation is that Jewish immigrants, upon arriving in the U.S., used the symbol in place of asignature, similar to the way the “X” was used by Christians. Instead of using an “X,” which invokedChrist—a figure that did not align with Jewish beliefs—illiterate Jewish people arriving in the U.S. would sign documents with an “O.”
          Combined with the familiar Christian use of an “X” signifying the oath sealed with a kiss, the “O” waslikely then adapted to mean hugs as an equal representation in the sincerity of the sentiment onnotes, letters, or even e-mails.
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