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French kiss

A French kiss is a kiss, usually romantic or sexual in nature, in which one participant's tongue touches the other's tongue and usually enters his or her mouth.

It is also known as tongue kissing, pash, hooking up, mugging it up, making-out, macking on, necking, getting into, snog, slipping the tongue, popping tongue, sucking face, swapping spit, deep kissing, getting off with, pulling, tongue wrestling, tonsil tennis, tonsil hockey, Frencher (Quebec) and frenching. An older name for 'French kissing' is cataglottis, from cata (down), glottis (throat). In French, it is simply embrasser avec la langue (literally, to kiss with the tongue) or the slang version rouler une pelle (to roll a shovel).

French kissing stimulates the lips, tongue and mouth, which are all areas very sensitive to touch, and the practice is considered to be pleasurable, highly intimate, and sexually arousing. Unlike other forms of kissing (such as brief kisses in greeting or friendship), episodes of French kissing may often be prolonged, intense, and passionate. French kissing may occur before, during, and after vaginal intercourse, anal sex, frottage, mutual masturbation, or other sexual activity and before, during, and after orgasm. Because of its potential for arousing sexual feelings in bystanders, (or outrage, amusement, derision, or disgust) and because of its strong association as a prelude to sex, 'French kissing' as a public display of affection is typically discouraged in most parts of the world, particularly for an extended time.

Studying animal behavior, Thierry Lodé, an evolutionary biologist, argues that the French kiss has a real function: to explore the sexual partner's immune system via the saliva. Initiating the sexual desire, the French kiss allows the partners to avoid inbreeding (see also sexual conflict).

The exchange of saliva in a French kiss may increase the chances of catching an orally transmitted disease such as Infectious mononucleosis (American: Mononucleosis or, colloquially, "mono"; European: glandular fever).

Notable public 'French kisses' include the one shared between music icons Madonna and Britney Spears at MTV's 20th annual Video Music Awards on 2003 August 28 and the kiss shared between characters Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal) and Captain Grogan (Godfrey Quigley) in the Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon (1975). In the 1994 Chinese movie "Impetuous Fire 1994," Chinese-American actor Tim Chang also had a passionate French kissing scene with actress Sandy Wu that drew a rave among Chinese viewers.

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