Latin Word for Kiss
by English Student
Dear Latin Teacher,
How can one translate "I like to kiss you" or some such complimentary romantic phrase in Latin? I would like to surprise my boyfriend, who speaks Latin.
Thanks, Latin Teacher!
Dear English Student,
The Latin word for kiss is osculum
. It really means "little mouth", as it is the diminutive form of os, oris
The Latin verb for give is do, dare, dedi, datum
. So the most common phrase for "to give a kiss" is osculum dare
The phrase you're looking for might be: Oscula tibi dare me delectat
. I like to give you kisses.
Another Roman word for kiss is basium
. See this poem from Catullus:
Da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred,
then another thousand, then a second hundred,
then continually another thousand, then a hundred.
Thanks for asking a Latin teacher!
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