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01 January 2006 @ 06:17 pm
You could put this wooden duck on your head as a cunning disguise!  
AMERICANS! CANADIANS! LEND ME YOUR EARS!

I have another question from my bounteous herd. Y'see, I am wildly enamoured of the term 'making out.' However, I have just found reason to believe that 'kissing' and 'making out' are not the same thing! I demand to know what the difference is! I assume it's a matter of tongues, right?

If someone doesn't tell me I shall a) EXPIRE and b) be wandering around in confusion, telling people I was making out when in fact I wasn't, and overall adding a few more damp patches to the tissue of lies that is MY LIFE.
 
 
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Dr Leezardlizardspots on January 1st, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
I always thought 'making out' meant 'heavy petting'. Not to the point of shagging, btu definitely groping and possible upper body nudity. :D
Loyaulte Me Lie: burrow kissshocolate on January 1st, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
Me too.

Definite groping.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 1st, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
That, i'faith, was my take on the story too. But I saw some meme where it asked if you've 'kissed' anyone this year, and have you 'made out', showing the terms to be not quite synonymous, so ...

I think I'll just stick with the Georgia Nicolsen snogging scale from here on in. At least you know where the tongue is allowed on that. 8D
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starts with kanyotherknight on January 1st, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
Ditto. Making out is just a heavy session. Kissing is a sort of "honey, they're thirteen and cousins - should they really be playing spin the bottle?" platonic sweet-little-thing.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: blah blah blahscoradh on January 1st, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Mmm, yes, sort of like I 'kiss' my opal ring because I love it more than life itself? *goes all gooey* I just think 'making out' is so ... oh god, I have to say it ... cute.
Caitcoralia13 on January 1st, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
I guess if you really want to split hairs, "making out" and "kissing" are different things. I mean, you'd kiss your mom goodnight, but you wouldn't make out with her. Making out does connotate tongues, and being innapropriate in public. I.e. "Jessica and Todd are going out - I saw him kiss her before he got on the bus," as opposed to, "Oh my God - did you see Jessica and Todd making out at the bus stop? I was like, 'Get a room!'"

Help?
Caitcoralia13 on January 1st, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
And also BWAH! You were making out?? Who with??
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...: Oh-Tee-Peechowburger on January 1st, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
From my vast over-watching of television I always assumed making out with someone was the same as meeting someone (in the dumb, Irish, tongue-involving sense of the word).

Dish the gossip, woman! Who were you making out with? Or not, as the case may be.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Go awayscoradh on January 1st, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh, goody! Tell me, then, what does 'shifting' denote? I've never been able to figure it out. It involves some groping or something, does it not?

(I use meeting too, although in uni, because everyone has these daft little colloquial terms, 'getting off with' is the safest to use.)

Sadly, no one. I kind of meant that in a life-spanning sense. :(
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sibility on January 1st, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
In my experience, it's all about the tongue ; )
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Aslanscoradh on January 1st, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
MMMM.

I find kissing scenes ridiculously hot.
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someone's always looking for DB Cooper: Amazingnumena on January 1st, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
I was always under the impression that "making out" meant kissing, tongues and some slight groping. (Though not too much or we have to start using baseball metaphors.)



every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Flash Bastardscoradh on January 1st, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
What, like pitcher and catcher? I first saw that in a slash fic ages ago and fell hard for it too!

I was so totally born on the wrong continent.
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Elsie: ink blots by dramaphileelsie on January 1st, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
For me, simply kissing for a long time can qualify as "making out." And by long time I mean more than fifteen or twenty seconds -- long enough to make other people REALLY uncomfortable if you do it in front of them. Preferably, however, making out would include plenty of groping and rubbing up against each other. ;)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Draco's realismscoradh on January 2nd, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
I totally agree; I mean, you can kiss your mum, but that generally wouldn't make people want to say 'get a room.'

Hopefully.
i'd kiss you if you weren't so damn ugly: Beatles - Pimp Daddytakewing on January 1st, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Well... to me, the term "making out" entails extended, heavy, tongue-involved kissing, possibly with a bit of hickey-production. Groping/petting optional.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 2nd, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
DAMN IT I NEED TO GO WRITE SOME. LIKE NOW.
M: Naughtyvaguely_dirty on January 1st, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I love how 'scientific' this all sounds. *snickers at comments* If you want to put it in really simple (and almost sad) terms... making out is not sex. XD
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Darcy Squeescoradh on January 2nd, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
*puts on her anatomy cap* I take it by that you mean 'penetrative sex'? :P
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 2nd, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
THIS HAD VERY MUCH MADE ME WANT TO WRITE H/D, THE AMERICAN REMIX, JUST SO'S I CAN PUT IN THOSE LOVELY, LOVELY SENTENCES.

But that would be stealing.
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Aliciaaliciajd on January 1st, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
For me it would be:

All making out would include kissing.

But not all kissing would include making out.

Am I just murking up the Water?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: *eats hand*scoradh on January 2nd, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
I think the waters were murked long before you arrived, don't worry. Centuries of confusion, that's what I've stirred up!
BlackSwanElderblackswanelder on January 8th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hi, long time (fine, life time, everyone happy?) American, first time caller. In my experience of the usage of the idiom, making out means kissing for an extended period of time. Not one long kiss, but a series of kisses, involving tongues 99.9% of the time, since fifteen minutes of pecking is pretty damn dull, and would likely chafe after a while. Making out does not, strictly, have to involve wandering hands, but, hands being what they are, it often does. It would still be making out if one had, say, one hand on the back of the opposing party's head and the other on the sofa to steady oneself.

"Hooking up" is a much more slippery term, if you'll pardon the... well, pretty much single entendre. Hooking up can imply everything from, but usually past, making out, to up to and including intercourse. Usually the term "hooking up" is used by others when the details are not known, but it is know that something happened, or by one of those involved when he or she wants to describe the event without providing details or to avoid offending more delicate sensibilities.

I've probably assaulted the comma multiple times in that overly-clinical reply, thus killing a stack of Weasleys or kittens, depending who's asked.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Aslanscoradh on January 9th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
From what you're saying, 'hooking up' sounds a lot like 'getting off with' over here, except over there that means something considerably different. We'd say, 'so she got off with him last night? Was she blind etc' when we don't know what's going on but want to. Because you know, gossip mavens and all.

No, misusing commas is this: "It is important to learn how to reflect, and also to record our reflections, by means of a learning log."

IMHSO, anyway. My regard for the mad grammar skillz of my BS tutors is not what'd you'd call 'high'.