>Kisses from Spotlight

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Not too many years ago the gutter phrase “wet kiss” might or might not have signaled a welcome event for its recipient.

Not so any longer according to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who says that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s judicial filibuster compromise is “a big wet kiss to the far right.” The implication is clearly that “the far right” (undefined) will be delighted to engage in what teenage boys in once private male locker rooms referred to as “spit swapping.”

In the Dark Days of the mid-20th Century before MTV this phrase was absolutely regarded as gutter language and even today it is hard to find it in dictionaries. Sen. Reid, a self-described “small town boy” from Spotlight, Nevada (pop. 2000), possibly picked up the phrase while dining at one of Spotlight’s principal attractions, the Nugget Casino and Restaurant, a short run down Route 95 according to the Internet from the Wild Cat Ranch, one of Nevada’s numerous legal bordellos.

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