RDP Friday: SMIRK
Old English sme(a)rcian, from a base shared by smile. The early sense was ‘to smile’; it later gained a notion of smugness or silliness.
I’ve aways thought this woman’s famous smile was more of a smirk. For centuries now, we’ve been trying to figure out what’s behind her smile. Maybe she just had bad teeth and didn’t display them–quite a common problem in her time.
But I really think what was on her mind was, “This is SO boring! Sitting here for hours and hours without moving a muscle. Well, I’m going to give them something to think about long after I’m dead and gone. HA! Gotcha!”