Does anyone know what this means in beginner guitar language. i understand the
"1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and"
but what does the x, V and ^ mean?

x x V x x ^ x x
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

is it upstrokes, downstrokes???
And what's 1+2+3+4? Does it mean fretting the first, second, third frets one after the other?
I believe its the count or the beat you keep.

"one(1) and(+) two(2) and(+) three(3) and(+) four(4) and(+)"

correct me if Im wrong

Its what you need to do for each strum that I don't get.

I thought (x) may be a mute of something??? any ideas