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isn't this also a term in human relations?

Janet: I thought there's no use getting / into heavy petting / it only leads to trouble / and seat-wetting -- the Rocky Horror Show

-- ;-) -- Tarquin 20:14 Jan 18, 2003 (UTC)

...I think its just a joke. --Katt

It's a joke, but a joke that confirms its use as a term in "human relations". --Daniel C. Boyer 13:37, 19 Nov 2003 (UTC)

It's a dictionary entry. the librarian

From VfD[edit]

  • Petting a dictionary definition WP:WINAD. Maximus Rex 05:08, 13 Nov 2003 (UTC)
    • Delete as dictionary definition. I will caution that according to Wikipedia precedent, any sexual slang term can be turned into a full-featured article about a small, but somehow significant, community of people who write, discuss, and engage in said behavior as a major part of their lives. It's only a matter of time before this article is linked to furry. Daniel Quinlan 07:44, Nov 13, 2003 (UTC)
      • Come on, Daniel Quinlan! This is an extremely common, if not pervasive, term and practice, clearly of enough significance (if expanded), to keep. --Daniel C. Boyer 19:37, 14 Nov 2003 (UTC)
      • Delete - I've added it to Sexual slang Andy Mabbett 09:49, 13 Nov 2003 (UTC)
    • Give it some time at Cleanup. Andre Engels 11:57, 13 Nov 2003 (UTC)
    • Keep. slang is 2nd meaning (but valid; needs expansion). Animal-human relationship primary (but needs expansion). reddi
    • Keep, though I won't be expanding this rather stubby article. JamesDay 21:31, 13 Nov 2003 (UTC)
    • Keep, as disamb for Petting (animal) & Petting (sexuality). The animal part was recently moved, inappropriately, to become a dict def in Domestication where (as with, e.g., Dog) there should be instead a link to Petting (animal) that can e.g. discuss developmental effects of petting on animals normally and prematurely separated from mother, destructiveness of petting wild ungulates, and danger of petting wild carnivores. The sexuality part is valuable, and not properly redirected to Foreplay, which has, excuse me, a whole different thrust; it can e.g. link to Blue balls (and, IIRC, Testicular congestion; we can argue abt which is the redirect to the other) and Slippery slope and maybe Saving oneself. --Jerzy 18:58, 2003 Nov 14 (UTC)
      • Yeah, that's great. Mommy, I found a page for the petting zoo... Daniel Quinlan 08:19, Nov 17, 2003 (UTC)

Other languages[edit]

The sexual usage seems to be the most used internationally. Many languages seem to have borrowed the english term with the sexual definition, using native words for "petting animals". For instance, the other Wikipedia pages linked here are referring to the sexual sense. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 03:23, 16 February 2005

So, english-speaking people, is it relevant to have interwikis in THIS artice to word "petting" in other languages if all of them refers to outercourse? Infovarius 20:15, 25 October 2007 (UTC)
Shall I delete them? Infovarius (talk) 14:44, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

Humans are Animals[edit]

"refers to a human petting an animal—or another human." Shouldn't this be "refers to a human petting an animal, including another human." ? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 23:38, 1 May 2007 (UTC).

Animal petting[edit]

There's no page on petting as in stroking non-sexually; it's not "Social grooming is a behaviour in which social animals, including humans, clean or maintain one another's body or appearance." ( Social grooming ). It should probably be here, given it is an actual discernible thing. AllenY99 (talk) 09:23, 24 September 2017 (UTC)