Viral Twitter Thread Ignites a Debate Over the “Right” Way to Draw an X

How do you draw the letter X? It’s a simple question, but it’s one that has recently ignited a rousing debate on Twitter. On January 19, @SMASEY shared an image that demonstrated eight different ways to draw an X. If you’re like many folks, you probably didn’t give this a lot of thought prior to seeing the tweet. Once you figure it out, though, you’re bound to have a strong opinion on the “right” way to scribble one on paper.

The viral post, which now has over 19,000 retweets, is filled with comments by people both sharing their number and being incredulous to those who could make their X drawing any other way. Regardless of where you fall into this category, it’s fascinating to compare the responses. “General consensus is that Americans do 7 and 8 while [the] UK does 5 and 6,” @SMASEY wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Probably how we were taught. Not sure about other countries.”

So, what kind of X do you draw? Do you agree with the consensus?

After Twitter user @SMASEY shared the eight different ways to draw X, people had opinions.


Some were shaken by the revelation that an X could be drawn other ways.

With many retweets and replies pouring in, @SMASEY offered a follow up:

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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