A Kiss is Just a Kiss?

Who knew that osculation was another word for kissing?  evidently in the late Baroque one didn’t kiss, one osculated.  Sounds kind of sexy. 

And evidently the science of kissing (who knew it was a science? one would suppose it to be rather an art), or at least the scientific study of kissing, is known as philematology – obviously from ‘philo’ – love, but the rest is rather obscure. 

osculation (n.) Look up osculation at Dictionary.com“kissing; a kiss,” 1650s, from Latin osculationem (nom. osculatio), noun of action from pp. stem of osculari (see osculate).


About hickson1

Art historian, professor, Italian Renaissance and Baroque specialist, Italophile
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