People have been kissing each others since the dawn of time and they will be doing it a lot more as the world’s population grows. Although not all cultures are fond of kissing, it would be safe to say that most people in the world today have kissed, or at least are going to kiss someone at some point in their lives. People love kissing the people they care for, but where did the act of kissing came from and why do we enjoy it so much? Here are ten interesting facts about kissing that you probably didn’t know.
10The Genesis of the Word Itself
The word “kiss” comes from “cyssan” which is actually Old English for the act – to kiss. There is speculation that cyssan comes from the sound that people make as they kiss. However, this is unconfirmed. The Romans differentiated different types of kisses and each had a different name. For instance, a chaste kiss on the lips was known as osculum. When placed on the hand or the cheek, the kiss was referred to as basium and a passionate lip lock was called saviolum. The Greeks, on the other hand, had different words for love – not the act of kissing, per se. There was philia or familial love, there was eros which referred to passionate love and then there is agape – highest form of love that transcends all. Unconditional. Selfless. Pure.