Do you kiss the stamp and lick seal the envelope?

Bought my stamp yet? - A picture of my very own stamp lol.
Singapore
June 6, 2007 11:33am CST
Lick, lick, slurp. No, minus the slurp. You have a letter in front of you that you need to post. You reach for an empty envelope and scrawl the address on it with a flourish. You find an unused stamp, give it an affectionate kiss and stick it on the envelope. You slot the letter in, close the flab and lick seal the envelope. Mission accomplished. Any thoughts so far? Is this routine somewhat familiar? Or have you just finished puking out yesterday's dinner? I am a modern man, one who uses the invention known as glue. When I need to stick a stamp or seal an envelope, I use one of those glue sticks that I can buy for $1.55 at any bookstore. I refuse to resort to my precious saliva that is worth more than its weight in gold (lol). I didn't make up that scenario - one of my friends swears by sealing an envelope this "traditional" way. So, are you as "traditional" as him? Or do you use the "new" invention called glue? Or do you do an in-between and rely on water? Or are you going to shock me off my chair by confessing that you have never ever stuck a stamp or sealed an envelope? Do share your thoughts. ;-)
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Lord, lord lord. You are so silly. I always lick the stamp. I don't kiss it. i save my kisses for special people who deserve them. not some silly old stamp. But yes lick lick then apply. On it goes and out to the mailbox. I even lick the envelope.
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Like me? :P
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Of course Lord. I will save my kisses for you :)
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
*mooch*
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Am so fortunate to find your discussion early enough to not be buried far back!! yay. anyway we use stamps that are peel and stick and are not phobic about germs so we lick the envelope glue to seal it. No problems. It is not a big deal unless you make it so. Good luck with this situation.
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
HAHAHA!! If you set notification on for me, then you will always see it earliest. :P And yes, most stamps have all got self-adhesive. ;-)
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
7 Jun 07
You are set to one however I have an online and real world life outside of Mylot and cannot just sit and wait on your discussions. I hope to be in time again someday but don't think I ignore you!
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
You are such a dear. ;-)
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@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
6 Jun 07
The truth is I have post letter many many years.With the phones and the net I stop sent letters even if I love take or write letter. I remember the last time was more than 15 years ago when my husband travel at him country for a year and I post almost a letter day by day.I had a logo stick for these job until a friend of mine she gave to me from the post office that her brother's works a professional sponge roller .She thought that was the best gift she can give to me. IO suppose she was right because I used to seal about 50 letters in a year....
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Those sweet times.. :P
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@totty1969 (1473)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I used to do it the old fashion way. Now I have a wet sponge that I dab the envelope on to seal it. I don't care for the taste of glue, yuck! I like to buy the stamps that are stickers, no licking required. great invention! no more licking here! Peace!
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Starchy. LOL :P
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@jbb316 (1779)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I like to use the self adhesive stamps that you buy in the post office on a sheet like stickers. Only problem is keeping them away from my 3 yr old son and trying to convince him they are not stickers to play with. I also get the envelopes with the adhesive strip on the back. No licking, saliva, water, or glue needed.
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Hahaha, I think stamps are more expensive than play stickers. Or hang on, is it the other way round instead?
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• United States
6 Jun 07
Be prepared to be amazed, because I don't do any of that..haha. I always buy the self-adhesive stamps and envelopes. :) No licking, spitting, gluing, whatever one can think of to avoid the nasty taste of that glue they place on stamps and envelopes. Plus I am sure my tongue is glad I started using self-adhesive postal things, cause no matter which way I held the envelope I would also end up getting a paper cut on my tongue. Talk about the most annoying thing ever. Plus self-adhesive things save a bunch of time. Just a shove there, stick there, stick here, and poof done.
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
It must be really paining cutting your tongue. It gives me goose pimples just thinking about it..
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• United States
10 Jun 07
It does hurt, especially if you happen to eat something salty right after. Usually cuts don't bother me, but for some reason there is something about papercuts that just annoys the heck out of me.
@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
6 Jun 07
Hey there my stamps are self sticking like a sticker and I have nerver kissed it.LOL That is kinda odd if you ask me! Anyway, I use my dishcloth to close the envelope and if need be some tape. I got tired of the envelope cutting my tongue all the time that is why I changed to water. That really hurts! LOL. Have a good one!
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Yea, yea, I understand what you mean.
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@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I just buy the self-adhesive stamps and envelopes. It is much easier that it use to be. I hated the taste of a stamp and was so happy to use the self-adhesive ones.
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Right. If the self-adhesive version is available, definitely I would go for that too. ^^
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I get the self stick stamps so I dont have to worry about that. But I still have to lick the envelope in the "traditional" way. I've got the tongue cuts to prove it. Just kidding. I dont really have that much to mail since I pay most of my bills at the places which allow for the bills to be paid there. I have used the water-sponge or roll thing to seal envelopes at some places I have worked. But I guess I am a creature of habit. I always found myself licking the envelope with out even thinking about it.
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Yea, nowadays, you can pay for pretty much everything online. :)
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
I don't use my saliva nor glue to seal envelope. I always use tape to seal it and didn't bother to give it an affectionate kiss. Why bother...it is nothing personal or special. Just some silly stuff.
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Though you would want to seal love letters with a kiss.
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• United States
6 Jun 07
I guess I'm a fusion of modern and old-fashioned when it comes to mailing things. I use the self-adhesive stamps and then I lick the envelope to seal it. I would lose the glue-stick, but my tongue is always handy (there is something rather wrong about that statement, but I'm going to leave it....).
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Haha, the way you put it. :P
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• United States
6 Jun 07
Hm...Thank you for reminding me, Lordwarwizard, that I have some bills to mail out in the post. Yes, I write a check and send the payment off in an envelope sent to me for that purpose, incidentally the envelopes need to be dampened to seal. (Darn cheap utility companies) Yes, lick, lick..I lick. My stamps are self-adhesive. Thanks to the post office.
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
If it is not too much of a bother, you can write me a cheque too. So extra cash always comes in handy. ;-)
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• United States
6 Jun 07
Well to be honest with you I seldom have anything to mail, but when I do the stamps here are what is called prre glued, peel and stick stamps. It works really good. Now the envelope is a different story all together. That takes a rather sloppy lick, because if it is not wet enough it won't work. This also requires ample dexterity so as not to paper cut your tongue..(ouch). Now we are lucky here, for we can have our envelope glue flavored....sure just like medicine, only you get sick afterwards instead of before. But anyways the enlightened envelope sealers use a sponge bottle, sort of like a bingo daubber. So we need not make anymore saliva donations or blood donations, the age of enlightenment is upon us I think....:}
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Maybe myLot should give each of us a complimentary glue stick. :P
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun 07
Ah but I have you heard of the self adhesive stamps and envelopes which are available? I get little books of stamps which you peel off and stick on straight to the envelope and then the envelope itself is self-seal, so no tongue action is needed! I can't remember the last time I had to lick anything, ewwww there was always a funny taste to it.
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
Pardon me but my mind was in a prehistoric era when I wrote this discussion. LOL :P
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@patgalca (14480)
• Orangeville, Ontario
6 Jun 07
Well, most stamps are self-adhesive here now so I don't have to lick the stamp, or wet it, and I certainly don't kiss it! As for envelopes, I do lick them and risk getting a paper cut on my tongue, however I buy my envelopes at a dollar store so in most cases the darned sticky stuff doesn't stick. Though I did buy some recently where I pull off a waxy strip and press down and, voila, they seal themselves. Oh the joy of self-adhesives. If my envelope won't seal after I lick it, I may resort to glue and just to be sure, I will put a lovely sticker at the point of the flap to ensure it stays closed. By the way, with these self-adhesive stamps and the unpredictable postal sorting machines, some can be peeled off envelopes and re-used if the machine doesn't stamp the stamp. He he he. I'm frugal, or cheap, or perhaps a thief. See it however way you want! In some cases when peeling off these stamps and re-using them, a little glue may be required.
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Oh no, no you don't want to cut your tongue.:P
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• United States
6 Jun 07
Years ago, yes, I was a licker at one time, but these I choose not to lick as you have also, I close all my envelopes with tape and I buy the stamps that have sticky stuff on the back, so no need to lick, I have even resorted to not writing with such flourish, but instead to type (since I do it so fast and it is more readable) my envelopes, but I do take the extra effort to walk it out to my mailbox everyday, does that count?
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
That you are an ace poster? :P
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@crazy1 (480)
• New Zealand
6 Jun 07
Here in New Zealand we live in the 21st century, we have peel and stick stamps and self seal envelopes, they save a lot of time.
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• Singapore
7 Jun 07
:ppp
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
6 Jun 07
In Preparation For Writing A Letter - As I sit down to draft a letter....I gather all of the necessary supplies....paper, pen, self-adhesive stamps, and envelopes that you pull the tab on and they seal themselves, as well.
As I sit down in preparation for writing a letter...I gather supplies like paper, pen, self-adhesive stamps and envelopes that are seled by pulling the tab across the back.... I would never actually put my mouth on a stamp or an envelope.....YUCK!!!
@happymom1 (1179)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Sometimes i did that when we dont have an envelope that has already paste in it. We bought lots of envelope now that you dont need any paste or glue or licking. Stamps usually have paste in it and you just put that in the envelope.
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@Abbyey (760)
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
LOL, im a modern girl who resourceful enough to use water cost $0.00 or Php 0.00 (It's FREE! Savings Counts!) Ha ha ha! :P When i write letters i have a small container with a tiny sponge of water where i place the stamp on it and pressed down. Then i stick it on the envelop. If its a personal letter to my mom or sister or my bestfriend(this is funny but i do it coz i like it), i use my perfume to wet sticker. They know how i smell since young, id just put a shot not "Remember me". :) childish but heartfelt. :)
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Perfume! That's interesting!!
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