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Why: Richard is curious:
Answer: The custom of signing letters this way dates back to the early Christian era. "X" equaled:
- A sworn oath
- The cross of Calvary
- The first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Xristos
The O is a North American thing. The "O" represents the arms in a circle around another person.
The More You Know: In The Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten notes that while illiterate immigrants (or those who did not know Roman-English letters) would generally sign entry forms with an X, Jewish immigrants preferred an O to avoid making something that looked like a cross.
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