when the gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion

Quots. 1846, 1860, and 2002 explain the rationale behind this proverb and also the parallel saying when the furze is in bloom, my love’s in tune.

1846 M. A. DENHAM Proverbs relating to Seasons, etc. 12 When whins [gorse] are out of bloom, Kissing’s out of fashion... Whins are never out of bloom.

1860 G. J. WHYTE-MELVILLE Holmby House I. iii. ‘When the gorse is out of bloom, young ladies,’ quoth Sir Giles,’then is kissing out of fashion!’.. There is no day in the year when the blossom is off the gorse.

1974 A. DWYER-JOYCE Brass Islands 175 ‘What’s that old jingle about the gorse?’.. ‘When the gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of fashion.’

2002 Country Life 9 May 128 Gorse can be found in flower at all seasons, hence sayings like ‘When gorse is out of season, kissing’s out of fashion’, but in winter it yields no scent at all.


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  • when the furze is in bloom, my love’s in tune — A corollary of when the gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion. Cf. c 1225 in Englische Studien (1902) XXXI. 5 Whanne bloweth [flowers] the brom, thanne wogeth [woos] the grom; Whanne bloweth the furs, thanne wogeth he wurs. 1752 Poor… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • bloom — see when the furze is in bloom, my love’s in tune when the gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • out — see out of debt, out of danger out of sight, out of mind better be out of the world than out of the fashion there are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it when the gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • fashion — see better be out of the world than out of the fashion when the gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • gorse — see when the gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Thematic Index — absence absence makes the heart grow fonder he who is absent is always in the wrong the best of friends must part blue are the hills that are far away distance lends enchantment to the view out of sight, out of mind …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • kiss — see an apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze there is always one who kisses, and one who turns the cheek kissing goes by favour when the gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Black and Gold — otheruse this = the Cornish folk song use1 = the song by Sam Sparro page1 = Black and Gold (song)Black and Gold (also known as Gelasma) is a Cornish folk song written by Will Coleman [ [http://www.cumpas.co.uk/resources/songs.php Cumpas Cornish… …   Wikipedia

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