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2009-09-13 08:18:12

Concerned about the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, the French government is urging young and old to forego la bise, the light cheek-to-cheek kiss, officials said. La bise is a social greeting instilled in French children from a very young age, CNN reported Sunday. Students are being told to forego la bise and instead write a sign of their their affection on heart-shaped greetings to be slipped into bise boxes, CNN reported. The French are becoming more accustomed to masks and at least one company...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.