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To suggest it's on your mouth is as weird as suggesting it's on your hand or ear. Americans think of a frown as a wrinkled forehead and also a grumpy mouth expression.
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What about the expression "to frown on" meaning to disapprove of? I guess I thought a frown sort of included both, but "sad expression with the mouth" was definitely the primary meaning.
Statistics for furrow Look-up Popularity. The Tennyson and Blake poems are another good example - I think I have seen the Blake one before, and I definitely would have assumed he meant the mouth. We are from the Midwestern USA. Perhaps the simulated frown is the origin of another important difference. Seward Park Clay Studio 10 September, And a mental state is not necessarily an emotion. The imaginative eye, the furrowed brow, were what he sought.
When in thought and looking outward and frowning, my mom would always tell me that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile and she is It seems that all that refers to forehead expression only so I've never thought about the mouth. David Crosbie 09 February, We just call it a furrowed brow rather than a frown. After all, a look of incredulity generally carries with it a furrowed brow, but I suspect no one would consider writing the phrase When I told him the astonishing news he wore a frown of incredulity.
Boris Zakharin 08 September, Subscribe to: Learner's Dictionary mobile search. Either way I would expect some forehead action of annoyance etc. Frowning, to me, implies anger, not sadness! In the UK, do they ever have the pain chart in doctors' offices where it uses smiley faces, and the greater the pain, the greater the sadness? And the big paperback book Look inside.
On another note, I think the phrase that always throws me is "his lips curled" -- I always associate it with sort of a smirking smile, the kind the villain of the piece uses when he's just gotten the upper hand for instance.
Markn Surely British people use the same facial expressions as those of us in the US, even if they have different names for them? Imagine my surprise when I called my sister and asked her "Where on your face is a frown?
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The mouth meaning is attested in AmE since see earlier comment on this thread. For me the first face, the one many Brits still call a frown , is the reflex of a refusal to engage.
The awkward case of 'his or her'. Quick links. Yeah, but in practice as shown in the Trump picture , that exaggerated downturned mouth thing just looks petulant, not sad. We can help.
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This may be why there is the disconnect between the two meanings on either side of the Atlantic. The new edition of the remarkable reference features 8, illustrations. I am Indian, so British English is the more common source for Indian English though things are changing.