Polly Vernon, in last week’s Grazia, writes an amusing article on how we have gone too far with the ‘X’. Well, I was laughing, until I realised a guilty verdict would be reached on my own X-ing behaviour.
And my X-ing is not limited to texting – oh no, I am X-ing all over the virtual world: if I’ve connected with someone via email, and the conversation is informal, I may sign off with a kiss; I’ve been known (okay quite often) to put kisses at the end of Tweets (and yes, these are people I have never met); I sometimes put them on the end of blog posts and blog comments. And as for texts to people I do actually know, well, it’s an X-ing feast.
I like kisses – it’s a way of sending love out into the universe, lightening the mood of the day, spreading little moments of joy (or ‘a feeble facsimile of fondness’ says Polly. Oh dear… not sounding all that loving). Am I out of control with my kisses? Have I stepped into inappropriate territory?
A quick inventory. No kisses on email to doctor. (Although he is quite hot, and I think he would be open to an X.) No kisses on a serious work email – that’s good. (Feeling quite smug about my boundaries now.) And a strict policy of no kisses on a first communication with a stranger, a kind of don’t ‘put out’ on the first date rule.
And whilst it may be possible that I am too generous with my X-ing, I am proud to say I don’t use LOL or silly smiley faces; they just seem, well, rather un-stylish. Yes, this X-ing woman has standards.
Polly advises cold turkey, but I’m just not sure I’m ready to let go. And I would need a suitable alternative close, and as seen as I had to look up Polly’s signing out TTFN (‘ta ta for now’, for those also uncool like me) it’s not looking like the X-ing is going anywhere soon… Xx
What do you think? To X or not to X…?