Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 10:10:21 -0400 From: Leslie Dunkling <106407.3560[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COMPUSERVE.COM> Subject: Dutch kiss I thought I was something of an expert in the matter of osculatory onomastics. Sinclair Lewis has a husband and wife who jokingly give names= to kisses in _Cass Timberlane_. They mention the Solid Brother-in-Law, th= e Allergic-to-Lipstick, the Short Interrogative, the Long Interrogative, th= e Vampire-Minatory. They also talk of the Butterfly kiss, but not the Paternal or Avuncular Peck which is what I tend to go in for these days. There's the Kiss of Death bestowed by sporting commentators, the Judas kiss, the Jonsonian Deputy kiss (Or leave a kiss but in the cup, And I'll= not ask for wine.) Dickens also described the Keyhole kiss in _David Copperfield_, when Peggotty kisses the keyhole of the room in which young= David has been locked by his dastardly step-father. = But what is this Dutch kiss that has been mentioned in a couple of recent= postings? It defeats my dictionaries, both American and British. It certainly defea= ts me. Though I note that Barton Holyday, whose _Marriage of the Arts_ was first performed in 1630, refers to "the different manners of a French, Spanish and Dutch kiss." Has Spanish kiss also survived? My question about Dutch kiss is asked in all innocence. If it takes us in= to the realms of unpleasant obscenity, forget I asked.