Chick Lit May A to Z: X Is For…

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Hooray for International Chick Lit Month! Hunting for prizes? You’ve come to the right place! Hop on the #ChickLitMay “A to Z” Scavenger Hunt and collect all 26 words for the chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite and a $100 Amazon gift card! My letter is…

And we all know what X stands for, especially in a love story…kisses! (Pssst—that’s your scavenger hunt word! Kisses! Just trying to help you out a little! 🙂 )

The exact history of why X started to be used to represent a kiss is a bit of a mystery. The commonly held theory is that in the Middle Ages, documents were signed with an X to denote sincerity and trustworthiness, because it was the first letter of Christ’s name in Greek (Chi) (same origin as X-mas, in fact). Then the writer would physically kiss the X as a vow that everything written above was true, which is likely where “sealed with a kiss” comes from. Eventually everyone started using X as a sign of affection at the bottom of personal letters. The fact that it looks like two pairs of lips meeting may have helped the X start to represent affection and love, and our favorite shorthand was born.

And who doesn’t love a good romantic kiss in its written form? Crack open any chick lit novel and you’ll find them by the dozens, from tentative or even awkward first kisses to heartfelt final kisses sealing that love story, and all kinds in between: hungry, I-hate-you-but-I-can’t-keep-my-hands-off-you kisses; warm, affectionate busses; passionate, hot, tear-the-clothes-off ravages; teary breakup smooches (hopefully not for long); giddy yes-I’ll-marry-you kisses.

A kiss in the rain…

A kiss in the snow…

A kiss at the altar, on the beach, at a party, on the street, at a club, in the office supply closet, at home snuggled up in bed…

A kiss even better than the five greatest kisses since the invention of the kiss…

The list is endless, and a good thing too. We all have our favorite kisses to read and reread when we need some warm fuzzies. What’s your favorite? Share in the comments, then follow the link to the next letter, Y, which stands for…well, you’ll see when you get there. If this is your first stop, or if you happened to come across the scavenger hunt in the middle of the alphabet, you can start at the beginning here, with the letter A. Happy hunting!

GRAND PRIZE: Win a Kindle Paperwhite and a $100 Amazon gift card! Visit each of the 26 stops on the #ChickLitMay A to Z Scavenger Hunt and collect the alphabet word at each stop (A, B, C, D, etc.), then submit the A–Z list of words via e-mail (traciebanister@gmail.com) with the subject line “A to Z Scavenger Hunt Entry.” Entries will be accepted until Sunday, May 22, at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 23. Good luck!

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