mouths


mouths
   On the analogy that an itch on particular parts of the body is significant of some future event, two early writers refer to an itching mouth or lips:
   My mouth has itched all this long day That is a sign of kissing at least (Chaucer, 'Miller's Tale' (c.1387), lines 3683-4) and John *Melton (1620: 47) similarly maintains that itching lips foretells a kiss. This meaning is so obvious that it seems odd that these are apparently not confirmed by later authorities in England, although there are one or two in Scotland. See also *tongues.

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  • Mouths — Mouth Mouth (mouth), n.; pl. {Mouths} (mou[th]z). [OE. mouth, mu[thorn], AS. m[=u][eth]; akin to D. mond, OS. m[=u][eth], G. mund, Icel. mu[eth]r, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth. mun[thorn]s, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil mouth,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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