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A mass debate on the correct way to draw an 'X' erupted on Twitter over the weekend after a diagram demonstrating the eight different methods of writing the letter was posted online. 
Philadelphia artist Sixers Smasey drew the graphic, which includes illustrations of eight different ways a person could conceivably draw the two crisscrossing lines that make up the letter X, with arrows and colors distinguishing the order and direction of each method. 
While sharing the diagram on her Twitter account, the creator asked her followers which method they preferred - and the seemingly-simple question immediately threw people for a loop, with English speakers insisting vehemently there is only one correct way to draw the letter in question.   
Unfortunately, they don't seem able to agree on which way that is.
Which way? A viral graphic shows eight different ways to draw the letter X
Which way? A viral graphic shows eight different ways to draw the letter X
Here it goes... The image was shared by Philadelphia artist Sixers Smasey, who asked others how they drew the letter
Here it goes... The image was shared by Philadelphia artist Sixers Smasey, who asked others how they drew the letter
Sixers wrote: '...This is so interesting to me - which way do you draw an X? Colored line being the first stroke.'
Each of the eight methods includes numbers, showing which stroke comes first and which comes second. 
It also shows the direction each line is drawn, from top to bottom or bottom top top.
In just a couple of days, her tweet took off, with other Twitter users proclaiming the 'correct' way to draw an X in the comments.
The problem is, there isn't unanimous agreement over which is correct — not even close.
'8. is the only correct way,' wrote one, while another wrote, '7 is the only way.' 
The sketches on the diagram show that users who stick to methods one and two start from the bottom and draw both strokes upwards. 

Hmmm... Sixers, the woman who posted it, seemed to find some consensus in the comments 
Hmmm... Sixers, the woman who posted it, seemed to find some consensus in the comments 

Why way? The image has set off some serious debate on Twitter
Why way? The image has set off some serious debate on Twitter
Rude! Many people are saying that those who don't do the same way they do are messed up
Rude! Many people are saying that those who don't do the same way they do are messed up
Popular: Method number eight is definitely one of the more popular ways
Popular: Method number eight is definitely one of the more popular ways
If he says so... Number seven is also quite popular and a favorite of Stephen Fry
If he says so... Number seven is also quite popular and a favorite of Stephen Fry
No! Some of the ways, like number four, stressed people out
No! Some of the ways, like number four, stressed people out
Popular: After trying the challenge for themselves, the majority of users appeared to follow diagrams five, six, seven and eight, in the lively thread
Popular: After trying the challenge for themselves, the majority of users appeared to follow diagrams five, six, seven and eight, in the lively thread
Meanwhile both brushstrokes in sketches seven and eight begin from the top downwards, while numbers five and six switch directions after the first stroke. 
Options three and four both require an up and a down stroke. 
After the diagram caused a serious furor on social media, Sixers later revealed that she had noticed a geographical trend in responses, with Americans typically gravitating towards methods seven and eight, while numbers five and six are believed to be more typical of Brits.
'General consensus is that Americans do 7 and 8 while UK does 5 and 6,' the artist explained, adding that the trend was probably because of how people were taught to write in their respective countries.  
However, Sixers pointing out a trend in the responses didn't stop people from continuing to share their own preferred method - and their thoughts on why it was the 'correct' option.  
Author and actor Stephen Fry piped up to say that he's a seven, going against the American versus British trend that Sixers had pointed out.
The Good Place writer Megan Amram said she does #6, but she's 'also a proven stupid idiot'. 
Although there was fierce debate over which method was the best way to go about writing an X, the majority of users appeared to follow diagrams five, six, seven and eight.
Nuts: The Good Place producer and writer Megan Amram does it one of the less popular ways
Nuts: The Good Place producer and writer Megan Amram does it one of the less popular ways
Too weird: David Hayter things number six is just 'insanity'
Too weird: David Hayter things number six is just 'insanity'
Fighting talk: One user wrote on the lively thread, 'People who draw bottom to top are also the ones that put their toilet paper on the holder the wrong way'
Fighting talk: One user wrote on the lively thread, 'People who draw bottom to top are also the ones that put their toilet paper on the holder the wrong way'
Wait, what do I do? The question had some people second guessing how they write
Wait, what do I do? The question had some people second guessing how they write
Wait which one? Many people shared gifs and memes indicating that they were totally unable to decide what their preferred method actually is
Wait which one? Many people shared gifs and memes indicating that they were totally unable to decide what their preferred method actually is
Many argued that the style of drawing an X was down to whether users were left or right-handed, while others claimed it was down to what you were taught at school. 
'I'm right handed. Much more natural to start the x in top right corner,' one follower wrote.
Questioning the theory that Americans tended to stick to methods seven or eight, one added: 'I’m American and I was taught number five'.
Another said of drawing the brushstroke facing downwards: '8 is finishing in the right direction.' 
And many followers questioned users followed diagrams one and two, which start with both brushstrokes at the bottom. 
Quite a few people also took the time to insult anyone who does it any way different from their own.
'Anyone doing anything other than a 7 is a maniac,' wrote one. 
Whacko: The debate inspired one person to show the absolute craziest way a person could draw an X
Whacko: The debate inspired one person to show the absolute craziest way a person could draw an X
Quirky: One user added his own option to the viral thread and admitted he had a very unusual way of drawing the letter
Quirky: One user added his own option to the viral thread and admitted he had a very unusual way of drawing the letter
 
Something different: A few shared their own special techniques for writing the letter X 
Something different: A few shared their own special techniques for writing the letter X 
'People who draw bottom to top are also the ones that put their toilet paper on the holder the wrong way,' wrote another.  
'Exactly, any other way is madness. Whoever does one or two truly terrifies me, it's like starting an S from the bottom!' a user agreed.
But another argued: 'That's not the biggest problem here, eight is writing from right to left. How many letters start from the right?' 
In a further twist other baffled users admitted the exercise had left them totally confused as to how they actually draw the letter. 
'Saw this. Immediately forgot how I have been drawing x's my entire lift. Had to write each one down. None felt right. Taking all words with x's out of my vocabulary until further notice,' one troubled user wrote.
Another said: 'I had to get up and write it several times to confirm.'

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