English kisses

We have all heard of French Kisses. Here is the definition in urbandictionary.com: An open mouthed kiss with tongue. Who would have thought that English kisses are worth talking about, and what could be so difficult in translating a simple German Kuss into plain English? However, there are certain pitfalls when reality sets in. They are to do with the various forms of kisses, the choice of words for this intimate activity and with the social acceptance it has in public. For example, when describing a greeting at a rather formal party, how would you translate ”Er gab der Gastgeberin einen angedeuteten Kuss auf die Wange”, which in a particular situational context is not the fashionable quick Busserl on both cheeks. Would you choose phantom kiss, a hinted kiss or an implied kiss?

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