Not with a bang but a whimper (tyrven) wrote,
Not with a bang but a whimper
tyrven

"A perfectly squiffy jag"

Someone asked me where the subtitle for my blog came from, so I decided to dig up the reference, straight from "Art of Kissing" (1936), as the overall context is more interesting than the specific reference:
    Some few years ago, a very peculiar kissing custom arose which deserves mention here because, from it, we can learn how to adapt the method to our modem devices. At that time, when young people got together, they held, what was then known as, "electric kissing parties." Young people are ever on the outlook for novel ways of entertaining themselves. In fact, when ether was first developed as an anesthetic, the young bloods of the town used to form "ether-sniffing" parties in which they got a perfectly squiffy ether "jag." But to return to the "electric kisses." An excerpt from a contemporary writer will, perhaps, give us some idea of what happened.

    'The ladies and gentlemen range themselves about the room. In leap year the ladies select a partner, and together they shuffle about on the carpet until they are charged with electricity, the lights in the room having been first turned low. Then they kiss in the dark; and make the sparks fly for the amusement of the onlookers.' [More]
Clearly, I need to throw an electric kissing party.

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