Twitter is divided over how to write a simple ‘X’

There are EIGHT different ways to write it!

How to write an 'X'?

by Anna Sky Hulton |
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Every now and then something seems to grab social media users, think of that infamous dress (and the shoe), Yanny or Laurel, and now the 'X'?! That's right, over the weekend, Twitter has been debating over how to write an 'X', because apparently there are a massive eight ways to write it!

The unusual debate was posted on Twitter yesterday by an American user saying, 'Also this is so interesting to me - which way do you draw an X? Colored line being the first stroke', [sic] sparking a huge debate online, with a massive 18K people responding to the tweet and nearly 40K people liking it. Who'd have thought such a simple question would attract so much interest?

Reading through some of the replies it seems that many users were oblivious to there being 'other' ways to right an 'X', one person tweeted, '7 is the only way', with another saying, 'Depending on if you’re right or left handed it should be 7 or 8. What kind of sick person draws an X any other way'. [sic]

The Twitter user who originally started the debate followed up her original tweet with another saying, 'General consensus is that Americans do 7 & 8 while UK does 5 & 6. Probably how we were taught. Not sure about other countries'. [sic]

So... how do you write an 'X'?

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