Double Bonus Word Day!
At the sight of Buffy’s moue, Spike couldn’t resist the urge to osculate her.
moue \‘mü\ n : a little grimace : pout
“Moue” is one of two similar-sounding words in English that refer to a pout or grimace; the other is “mow,” which is pronounced to rhyme either with “no” or “now.” “Mow” and “moue” share the same origin (the Anglo-French mouwe) and a distant relationship to a Middle Dutch word for a protruding lip. (They do not, however, share a relationship to the word “mouth,” which derives from Old English mūth.) While use of “moue” in English traces back only a little more than 150 years, “mow” dates all the way back to the 14th century. “Moue” has also seen occasional use as a verb.
osculate \‘äs-kyə-,lāt\ v : to kiss
“Osculate” comes from the Latin noun osculum, meaning “kiss” or “little mouth.” It was included in a dictionary of “hard” words in 1656, but we have no evidence that anyone actually used it until the 19th century, except for scientists who used it with the different meaning “to contact.”