What do the following terms mean: (1) baby kisser, and (2) bite the thumb.
Last edited by Romel Panzer; 16-Apr-2009 at 12:58. Reason: to correct the spelling of "kisser".
1 I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was someone who kissed babies in a hypocritical display of concern, interest, and affection - in the hope of getting their parents' vote (the person doing the kissing is a politician).
2 It's an old gesture of contempt/defiance/insult. People don't use it in Britain today, but presumably did in the time of Shakespeare (or maybe it was believed to be a stereotypical Italian insult at the time) - the fight between Romeo and Mercutio starts with one of them saying 'Do you bite your thumb at me?'