Tuesday, January 13, 2009


osculate \ˈäs-kyə-ˌlāt\ transitive verb: to kiss

osculation \ˌäs-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun: the act of kissing ; a kiss

osculatory \ˈäs-kyə-lə-ˌto°r-ē\ adjective

Etymology: Latin osculatus, past participle of osculari, from osculum kiss, from diminutive of os mouth

Why use one syllable where four will suffice? Norma Shearer took this advice to heart when speaking to Clark Gable in 1931’s A Free Soul: “You just talked yourself out of the warmest osculation.”

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