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,”
[1]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,” [2]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.”


  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/
  2. http://people.com/

Happy Valentine’s day.