Over tens and thousands of years, every great love story culminates with a passionate kiss and it typically comes toward the end with a desire that's been building over the course of an hour and some odd minutes.
Every great love story climax with a passionate kiss and it typically comes toward the end with a desire that's been building over the course of an hour and some odd moments.
In honour of International Kissing Day, YEN.com.gh looks at the sometimes awkward or sloppy but always heart-warming French kiss and why specific kisses are labelled French.
French kissing became popular after WWI
The term "French kiss" entered the English vernacular in 1923.
No one really knows the exact reason why we use the term, but it was likely adopted by Americans who traveled to France and kissed French women, who were more comfortable with a bit of tongue action.
Naturally, the term "French kiss" developed.
Still, it took a while for the term, and even the practice, to catch on in the United States.
It wasn't until after World War II that Americans felt comfortable enough to French kiss each other.
She credits American servicemen who served in Europe with bringing the kissing style home.
It's no big deal in France
Of course, it wasn't called a "French kiss" in France. It was just a kiss.
The French didn't even have a word for the style of kissing until 2014, when the Petit Robert dictionary added a new verb: "Galocher." It literally means "to kiss with tongues."
Even with the addition, the Academie Francaise, which regulates French and guards against foreign words intruding on the language, has yet to accept the word.
Clearly, the French are more uptight about their prose than their pecks.
Smooching is great for your health
Today, we honor kisses of all varieties with "International Kissing Day."
Yes, it sounds silly. But kissing can actually be a good thing to promote.
According to studies, kissing helps reduce blood pressure, increases hormones that make you feel happy (serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin), burns calories, boosts self-esteem and even fights cavities.
And while a good kiss can start a life-long romance, a bad one can quickly end any chance of a new relationship.
Most of all, kissing, especially the French kind, is fun.
So, the next time you pucker up for an open-mouth galocher, remember who to thank for it.
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