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"🎶You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by"
~ As Time Goes By, Herman Hupfeld, 1931
The word "kiss" comes from the Old English word "cyssan" and is thought to be an example of onomatopoeia, a word based on the sound kissing can make! Romantic kissing is not a cultural universal, but in kissing societies, kisses of all kinds had special meanings and word "kiss" was used as a name for a small piece of confectionery. In the 19th century, you could satisfy your sweet tooth with Spanish kisses, cream kisses, fruit kisses, and, of course, chocolate kisses, something that the Hershey Chocolate Company would perfect in 1907. Kissing customs vary. When meeting a friend, greeting etiquette may dictate from one to five kisses, depending on your region! Know your kissing number! Tick tock, you have until midnight! 💋💋💋 🍬 🍬 🍬 XXX
The science of kissing is called philematology, and the scientists who make their careers out of this study are called osculologists.
This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, includes the color Carmine, a favorite ingredient for lip coloring over the centuries, and famously used by Cleopatra.
Kissing customs vary in different cultures. Kissing has even been semi-regulated in the past. Arcane laws still on the books in the United States include an antiquated one in Indiana making it is illegal for men with mustaches "to habitually kiss human beings." And in Hartford, Connecticut, men are apparently prohibited from kissing their wives on Sundays!
For a map showing the preferred number of greeting kisses etiquette, click the tartan lips!