What does "Oh's" mean in the pop song "Ex's and Oh's" by Elle King? http://www.metrolyrics.com/exs-ohs-lyrics-elle-king.html

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There are multiple possible interpretations according to contributors on Genius:

  • The metaphorical x’s (hugs) and o’s (kisses) of the relationships haunt her, symbolizing her running away from any actually feelings developed in the process. “XO” is a common way to sign off in love letters, or if you’re gossip girl.

  • Her ex’s and oh’s spark memories of a more sexual nature, which we can presume the “oh’s” to be the orgasms she gave, to whom became her “ex’s”.

  • Ex’s and oh’s also lend themselves to X’s and O’s of the tic-tac-toe variety, thus reinforcing how she treats her relationships like a game.

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    I always thought of it in the second context. Commented Jul 6, 2016 at 13:07
  • The phrase “they want me / to make them O” seems unambiguous. Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 20:45

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