Marcia McClure, our official Romance Novelist Expert
The question that is most often posed within the innocently curious mind of a young woman blossoming into womanhood is this: "When a boy kisses me, how do I know if it's a good kiss?"
First of all, let us dissect this sentence into important phrases, essential words, and the meanings therein, beginning with the word boy. This word is not merely ineffective but altogether unsuitable. Blatantly indecorous, if you will. Let me clarify this. The word boy in referring to a good kiss creates an unequivocal conflict of interpretation. We therefore must stipulate that the word boy--implying a juvenile, immature male almost always incapable of producing a good kiss for the mere fact that he is gangly and uncoordinated--is an inappropriate use of terminology in this instance. Thus, we replace the word boy, and the vision that appears in our minds when this word is used, with the more desirable mental apparition of masculinity materializing when we substitute the word man. Ergo, the sentence reads: "When a man kisses me, how do I know if it's a good one?" As demonstrated, the word man holds a different connotation, a different mental picture, if you will. When the word man is substituted properly, as it should be, fully matured homosapien females of the universe envision not a thin, uncoordinated, gangly, unappetizing male youth but rather a tall, handsome, muscular adult male.
Read Marcia's entire article How to Determine a Good One - An Essay on Kissing