|"Ewwwwwww!" is the only right and proper reaction to this photo by Mike Baird|
Verb trans. Late Middle English.
[from BE- + SLOBBER (verb) probably from Middle Dutch slobberen walk through mud, feed noisily.]
Slaver or slobber over.
Please straighten your smirks and tame your titters: the wetness of kissing is actually an area of serious scientific study by some very clever people indeed. Did you know, for example, that men are inherently more partial to a sloppy wet kiss? Quoted in the National Geographic article 'Why Men Are Sloppy Kissers', anthropologist Helen Fisher from Rutgers University said in her best academic language that men 'prefer more tongue action'.
Personally, I run counter to the evolutionary theory posited in that article as I don't particularly appreciate someone beslobbering all over me, even if it does give me the reproductive advantage of 'detecting traces of estrogen' in her dribble. Evidently some do, however, and I present a picture of a grown man being beslobbered by a dog and a scene from Hot Shots! Part Deux that always make me chuckle.
Do have a read of the National Geographic article, especially if you feel that there's too much romance in your kissing and you'd like to have it dissected and dissolved under the cold hard microscope of science. On the other hand, if you're in a relationship with a beslobbering ape and don't like it, there are a number of handy guides offering tips on discreetly discouraging him from leaving you looking like you've fallen face first into a bowl of wallpaper paste.
If you're willing to share your personal preferences in the 'to beslobber or not to beslobber' debate, or any tips on discouraging it, please do so in the comment section below.