Marilyn: A Kiss on the Hand…..

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In “DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND” Marilyn sings:

A kiss on the hand may be quite Continental

but diamonds…..”

referring to a chivalrous gesture that indicates politeness, deference, admiration or even devotion. It is a refined form of greeting for a man to a woman.

If “Continental” refers  to Europe and underlines the politeness and courtesy  of the act, I have a question:

are we, Europeans, still regarded as epitome of good manners?

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