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“A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know.” - Mistinguett  (1875–1956)

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6 words for kissing for International Kissing Day

To celebrate International Kissing Day, we’re taking a look in the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to explore synonyms for the verb kiss across time. 1. Buss (a1566) The noun buss, meaning ‘a kiss, especially a loud or vigorous one’, is first found in the mid-16th century, according to current OED research. It […]

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What is the origin of mistletoe?

The magical origin of mistletoe

Mistletoe is special. Every culture that comes across the plant mythologizes it and no wonder. To see mistletoe in England at this time of year, a ball of perfect green life suspended in barren branches, it seems a mysterious, even an other-worldly presence: healthy in the teeth of winter, seemingly without roots or any contact […]

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