Poor Mona Lisa


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.

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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!”

RDP: Smirk




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