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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 10th December 2023
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osculate (verb) OSS-kyu-layt

Kiss, make contact.

The Caribbean and the Atlantic osculate in the Windward Passage twixt Cabo Maisi, Cuba, and Mole-St.-Nicholas at Cape-a-Foux, Haiti, on the island of Hispaniola.

Letter from Alden Barres in the New York Times, 1 March 1987. New York Times

I don't know how you feel about these stories of bird flu from China, and the question of whether it can be passed from chicken to human being. As far as I can tell the only victims are the poor Thai fighting-cock enthusiasts who have engaged in direct osculation with their birds, in an effort to revive them for the fight.

Boris Johnson, Telegraph, 20 October 2005. Telegraph

To osculate or not to osculate — that was the question.

David Rhys Jones, The Times, 12 November 2003. Times

All animals copulate but only humans osculate.

Tom Robbins, Wild Ducks Flying Backwards. Amazon

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