Posted by Melissa on November 28, 2003
In Reply to: Making Out posted by ESC on November 17, 2003
: : : : Someone asked me this and I can't seem to find it on Yahoo or Google.
: : : : Does anyone know where the phrase "making out" comes from?
: : : : Thank you!
: : : Don't know, but I'm pretty sure it's American. We Australians have many other terms for it (not all of them fit for publication).
: : MAKE OUT - Make out - kiss (Mainstream 1950s). Make out - To kiss in a sustained and passionate manner (Mainstream 1960s). "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996).
: It seems to escalate as years go by. From Merriam-Webster:
: 1 : GET ALONG, FARE How are you making out with the new job?
: 2 a : to engage in sexual intercourse b : NECK.
: Main Entry: 2neck
: Function: verb
: Date: 1842
: transitive senses
: 1 : to kiss and caress amorously
: 2 : to reduce in diameter
: intransitive senses
: 1 : to engage in amorous kissing and caressing
: 2 : to become constricted :
but I still don't get where it CAME from. like I know its slang, but why "making out"??
it doesn't make any sense to me.