I like words. I get dictionary.com’s word of the day delivered to my inbox every morning. About once a week the word of the day will be a word that I’m not entirely familiar with and about once a month the word will be one that is unknown to me. Today’s word was both appropriate and unknown.
Word of the Day for Friday February 14, 2003
- osculation \os-kyuh-LAY-shuhn\, noun:
- The act of kissing; also: a kiss.
He had engaged in nervous osculation with all three of Lord Flamborough’s daughters.
—Thomas Sutcliffe, “The art of seduction, the skill of the tackle,”
Independent, June 13, 1994
Their incessant onstage osculations during her last concert tour seemed to offer public proof of their passion.
—“The Big Boom in Breakups,” People, November 13, 1995
Osculation comes from osculatio, “a kissing,” from osculari, “to kiss,” from osculum, “a little mouth, a kiss,” diminutive of os, “mouth.”
Happy Valentine’s day.