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Kiss Of Death

In mythology, sometimes Death (as a spirit) kisses a person who will soon die. This kiss is hardly a sign of affection, but rather is a kiss that that brings endings, not beginnings. The origins could come from the Bible. Judas kissed Jesus before Romans arrested him and took him away to his death. This term has become an idiom; it is an act of termination. For example, if an actor performed badly during a play, that performance could become his “kiss of death”, effectively ending his career as an artist.

How To: There is no real how to. In fiction, mob members may use the Euro Kiss (see above) in such a way to point out a proposed assassination victim. In love, a heartless person could give a lover a last quick kiss, signalling the end of the relationship.

A woman’s point of view:

“I once went on a date that turned out to be a bomb. This guy gave me a quick peck on the cheek, and I knew I wasn’t going to see him again.” – Maureen (kissing since 1980)

A man’s point of view:

“This is something you see in the movies, right… someone has to die and someone else kisses him. After that, they shoot him down” – George, (kissing since 1972)

No-No’s of the Kiss of Death:

  • Taking it back: You cannot take the Kiss of Death back, ever. Once it happens, it happens; something has ended.
  • Double-check: If you are a gangster, make sure you have the right victim.