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Aug 4, 2015
This week’s theme
Unusual verbs for everyday actions

This week’s words
micturate
osculate
regurgitate
masticate
exungulate

osculate/oscillate cartoon
Cartoon: Joker magazine, Feb 1961, via retrothing.com

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osculate

PRONUNCIATION:
(OS-kyuh-layt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To kiss.
verb intr.: To touch or to bring together.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin osculatus, past participle of osculari (to kiss), from osculum (kiss; literally, little mouth), diminutive form of os (mouth). Ultimately from the Indo-European root os- (mouth), which also gave us usher, oral, orifice, oscillate, os, and ostiary. Earliest documented use: 1656.

USAGE:
“Angrat enjoyed the rest of their day in the swamp, as Beneficent grabbed one frog after another and eagerly osculated each amphibian on its little froggy nose.
As always, Angrat marveled at her sister’s eagerness to embrace any tall tale. Nothing came out of the smooches.”
D.E. Park; Unwashed Fiction; Lulu Press; 2015.

See more usage examples of osculate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Ah! what a divine religion might be found out if charity were really made the principle of it instead of faith. -Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet (4 Aug 1792-1822)

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