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994518.  Tue May 07, 2013 12:19 pm Reply with quote

You'd never get away with it these days (thank Christ). On Kissing Friday - the Friday after Ash Wednesday - English schoolboys were once entitled to kiss girls without fear of punishment or rejection. The custom lasted up until the 1950s.

In the village of Sileby, Leicestershire, it was known as Nippy Hug Day. There, apparently, "men could demand a kiss from the woman of their choice, but if their petition was denied, they had the right to ‘louse’, or pinch, the woman’s posterior" (

Incidentally - at least, I hope it's incidentally - Partridge lists "nippy" as a mid-Victorian slang term for the penis...

Spud McLaren
994543.  Tue May 07, 2013 1:45 pm Reply with quote

Ringo wrote:
.... Partridge lists "nippy" as a mid-Victorian slang term for the penis...
That usage must've died out by 1926, then.

Sadurian Mike
994675.  Wed May 08, 2013 3:59 am Reply with quote

I demand we reinstate that good old-fashioned custom. I am quite happy for equality to allow kisses the other way round... erm, I mean for girls to kiss boys of course. Although.....

Wait... 'schoolboy' does also cover university students and 'girls' covers all women, doesn't it? Otherwise I'm not interested any more.

As for having a nippy penis....


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