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Was "oscŭlum" a cultured word in Latin?

I cannot provide a complete answer either, but perhaps a few points one the subject of kissing, and the semantics of the words for it. I cannot, unfortunately, provide immediate literature references ...
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Was "oscŭlum" a cultured word in Latin?

Another partial answer. Tl;dr: kissing had a social role in Judaism that was inherited into Christianity (as osculum in the Vulgate), where it even had/acquired a ceremonial role (not sure if this ...
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Was "oscŭlum" a cultured word in Latin?

Here's counter-evidence for you, from Ovid Amores (2,5). inproba tum vero iungentes oscula vidi— illa mihi lingua nexa fuisse liquet— qualia non fratri tulerit germana severo, sed tulerit ...
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Was "oscŭlum" a cultured word in Latin?

Smith's Copious & Critical English-Latin Dictionary (p. 430) in longish articles is good on this, giving suavium as the "most suitable word for ordinary use", osculor as "the term most suitable ...
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Always in the shit; only the depth changes

Neither is good Latin. The first one: Sumus semper in excretum, sed alta variat ... translates as: We are always in [excretum], but [alta] changes. Excretum is the accusative of the supine of ...
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The word *quick* in Latin

From an entry (which includes references here omitted) in Döderlein's Hand-book of Latin Synonymes: Citus; Celer; Velox; Pernix; Properus; Festinus. 1. Citus and celer denote swiftness, merely as ...
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What is the difference between conlis and collis? (mountain)

I think Google Translate has messed up here (as it often does). "conlis" doesn't seem to exist I'm by no means a Latin expert, so there may be some entirely legitimate but obscure word ...
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Difference between dexter/sinister and rectus/laevus?

Dexter and rectus "Dexter" is the term for "right" as in one's right hand. "Rectus" never means "right" in this sense; it means straight, upright, direct, or ...
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What is the difference between conlis and collis? (mountain)

Collis is a masculine noun meaning hill and also high ground. It is used in plural, as well, to mean a chain of hills. Conlis, in turn, does not show up in L&S, which is a good dictionary, nor in ...
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"Fighting with someone" and the different uses of "with" in Latin

With is such a versatile word in English that how's it actually being used is sometimes obscured. Consider the following: I am going to the store with my friends. I am making a house with the best ...
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Is there a difference between 'a' and 'de' when the meaning is 'from'?

Like all good questions, this one has no simple answer. The big dictionaries devote many columns to it. Kennedy 286 gives a crisp & useful summary. A couple of firm examples: Travelling from a ...
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Was "oscŭlum" a cultured word in Latin?

I've already commented on this, but I'll add this as (another) partial answer: ósculo is a learned borrowing from Latin from osculum, rather than having been descended from its Latin origin in ...
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Was "oscŭlum" a cultured word in Latin?

This is an answer to your bonus question. Yes, there are a number of kissing words in Latin. Based on basium there are basiolum ("little kiss") and basiatio ("the act of kissing", also "kiss" by ...
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Is there a difference between 'a' and 'de' when the meaning is 'from'?

A place-holder, until someone writes the perfect answer. Rule of thumb rules: Avoid an elision or a hiatus by choosing 'ab,' 'abs', in preference to 'a' or 'de.' ab urbe. Where 'from' can be ...
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What is the difference between futurum exactum and futurum simplex?

From what I understand in the comments, where you say 'amabo' is futurum simplex and 'amavero' is futurum exactum, what you are actually asking about is the difference between what most Latin scholars ...
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What is the difference between an adjective ending in -alis and a genitive (in particular in Philosophia Naturalis/Naturae)?

The difference is not big. I would argue that the semantic difference between philosophia naturalis and philosophia naturae in Latin is the same as between "natural philosophy" and "...
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Difference between erga and quoad?

quoad is only an adverb when it means 'as long as'. When, like ergā, it governs a noun in the accusative, both are prepositions, but they have different meanings. quoad limits the application of some ...
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What is the difference between futurum exactum and futurum simplex?

Futurum Simplex (simple future, future imperfect) The simple future, amābō, is the most common future tense. It refers to something which is going to happen in the future: "I will love". In ...
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Difference between "immergo" and "summergo"

As you mention, Lewis and Short say that immergō was "mostly poet[ic] and in post-Aug[ustan] prose". Whitaker marks its frequency with a C, which means between 5 and 20 citations were found in his ...
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What is the difference between is, ille, and hic when they mean "he"?

Pronoun differences. In my beginner-Latin courses, my instructors were fairly explicit with the differences; In classical Latin, hic was a pronoun that indicated closeness to a person either in ...
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Difference between erga and quoad?

Erga is a preposition; quoad is an adverb. Roy J. DeFerrari, A Lexicon of St. Thomas Aquinas, p. 370: ergā, prep. with acc., in general of every kind of mental relation to a person or thing, to, ...
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Difference between "immergo" and "summergo"

Both verbs do exist in Catalan: immergir and submergir (vid. https://dlc.iec.cat/). Immergir: "ficar dins un líquid" ('to introduce into a liquid') / Submergir: "Posar sota l’aigua o altre líquid" ('...
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