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27.4.12

X, XX or XXX? {X}

 I never really know how to end messages with regards to kisses.
I hate ending messages with no kisses at all. It almost seems too blunt.
Even "professional" or should I say formal emails I have to stop myself from sticking a simple X on the end.

I used to put 3 X's on the end of every text. And then my mum got offended because I was giving friends the same about of X's as I was giving her (which seems extremely petty now) and as I am easily influenced (I suppose) I cut down the amount of X's on other people texts.
Now its a mish mash of X or XX.

My brother also recently voiced his annoyance at how many X's I ended his texts with. I used to put XXX. To him this was the equivalent of a snog. So now, I can only put one...two if I'm feeling rebellious.

I have a friend who I message almost daily. To look through our texts/Whatsapp messages its quite bizarre as we flit between one X, two X's sometimes no X's. And if we are feeling soppy we will put 4 or 5.

Messages to my husband always end in as many X's we can put until our thumbs ache. I used to put them so they filled up a whole text message but we mainly use BBM to message now and it would be neverending!!

I tend to either stick to one or two with friends via Facebook or Twitter unless its a special occasion (birth of a baby, engagement, pregnancy, wedding) or something sad in which case I'll give as many X's as I feel appropriate to give.

I'm also wary of how many kisses I give to men. One or two is the general rule. It would all matter on how well I know them, if my husband knows them, if I know their wife/girlfriend, or their sexuality. Too many X's can be seen as being over-friendly or flirty.

I also sneak in an X into the middle of a text or message sometimes, if I feel appropriate.
"Sorry to hear you are poorly xx Hope the boys are ok x"
"Well done on passing your exams x When can I see you? x"

I know some people feel like X's are inappropriate due to the fact that you wouldn't kiss someone at the end of every sentence if you were talking to them in real life.
But to me, a X isn't always a kiss.
Its a hug, a kiss, a high five, or simply a full stop. I find a text can look very blunt or abrupt if a X isn't on the end.
A X can totally change the tone of a text/message.

In real life I am an affectionate person so I am going to be the same via text or online.

It seems totally appropriate to end this post in a particular way....

xxx X for the a-z blogger challenge. X