There’s a new kid on the block. An app whiz-kid in Beijing called A. Let’s call him A3 to differentiate between A1 & A2 (and also A4, not at work)
I’m talking to A3 about our celebrity app project on MSN and I say,
“Ok no problem I’ll do that, Thank you x”
A3 then asks
“Does x = A3?”
” no its a friendly kiss”
“0 = hugs” (I am trying to clarify, and also distance myself from the word ‘kiss’)
I felt a little awkward actually typing that out.
Like ‘x’ actually is a kiss, other than it just being something to tag at the end of an email/typed conversation. A little more casual than ‘Kind Regards’ and a little less matey than ‘cheers’.
‘Yours sincerely’ went out of fashion ages ago. They spent years in school teaching us to sign off with ‘Yours sincerely’. What a waste. All we needed was ‘x’. Or even ‘xo’.
I firmly believe the ‘x’ should never be capitalised.
‘XOXO’ makes me think of a big, slobbery, psychotic, stalker kiss.
Kiss kiss bear hug strangle.
“haha I see. They say you are pretty. It’s nice to be talking to a pretty.”
I ‘haha’ back and then say
“thank you that’s nice to hear”. (I very strongly feel it’s now time to sign off MSN)
But I like A3 already (who said flattery never got you anywhere?)
A2 jokingly asked if I was flirting with Beijing.
Can’t hurt I suppose. After all who doesn’t like to be a pretty?
Good use of ‘yours sincerely’.
Thank you for your interest in my proposition.
However regretfully I am not a high-class escort.
You must have misunderstood my letter.