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'I can read you like a book, baby!'

DEFINITION: v., To read a person's face and interpret what they are actually thinking, even if they are trying to conceal their true feelings. n., The skill of reading people's faces, especially micro-expressions.

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Rosettaface

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: rōˈzetə fās

Sentence: Crystal could never keep a secret. She had a real rosettaface. If there was a thought or emotion within her being, it was expressed on her face like a neon sign. Much as she might try she could not conceal her feelings. Even her goldfish had her pegged.

Etymology: Rosetta Stone (a key to some previously undecipherable mystery) + Face (the front part of a person's head from the forehead to the chin)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Wonderfully arcane reference! Top-notch word! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-16: 06:04:00

another goodie artr - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-16: 15:59:00

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Tellepathy

MrDave2176

Created by: MrDave2176

Pronunciation: tel-EHP-ath-ee

Sentence: Maria's tellepathy was uncanny. She correctly read the disappointment on her son's face at his bag lunch options, and picked up on her husband's stress at his upcoming meeting. She tossed a candy bar into her son's lunch and spent a few extra seconds hugging her husband at the door to make things smoother.

Etymology: tell (the small nuances of behavior that poker players read in games) + (tel)epathy

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Corrictus

Created by: astorey

Pronunciation: core-ick-tus

Sentence: Suzanne was not known for her poker face, but when her best friend eagerly unzipped a garment bag to reveal a hideous maid of honor dress intended for Suzanne, she tried to hide her horror. In spite of the typical bride narcissism, Tory took one look at Suzanne's corrictus and started to cry.

Etymology: Correct + rictus, which means a facial expression that is an open-mouthed grimace.

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The poofy sleeves, the colour you least suit, the sheer unrewearability of the briddesmaid gown...why oh why do they do it? Do they really think an ugly bridesmaid outfit makes the bride look better??? Think again! - Nosila, 2008-10-17: 00:04:00

metrohumanx Quite jolly! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 06:20:00

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Mugnacious

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: məgnāshəs

Sentence: The more Jason sat in the traffic jam the more mugnacious he became. Nobody had any trouble telling how he felt.

Etymology: mug (face) + pugnacious (having the appearance of a willing fighter)

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Miensavvy

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: meen-SAV-ee

Sentence: It seems that even without someone speaking, but just thinking about speaking, Roxie was able to interpret their faciaguile and see through their emociopacity with ease. Call it prosoperspicacity or - in layman's language - mugnous; or perhaps, even better, miensavvy, she could read others like an open book.

Etymology: blend of MIEN; Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind: MENSA(?):M-, the name of an organization for people of IQs of 148 or more founded in England in 1946, & SAVVY.: Well informed and perceptive; n. shrewdness; practical understanding

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great sentence - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-16: 15:55:00

Very good. Clever wording in your sentence. - Mustang, 2008-10-16: 19:40:00

metrohumanx WOW- A whole buncha bonusisms there- all for the price of one. Good Word, and even better sentence. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 07:52:00

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Obsenserate

Created by: mvandyke

Pronunciation: ob sense er ate

Sentence: Mark could easily 'obsenserate' Jeff's expression.

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Psykenface

Created by: garythesnail

Pronunciation: SI-ken-face

Sentence: He psykenfaced her.

Etymology: PSYchic+teleKENisis+FACE

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Facecracker

Created by: bzav1

Pronunciation: face + cracker

Sentence: There was no use lying to mom. Her skills as a facecracker were beyond compare.

Etymology: like a safe cracker - every great team of bankrobbers needs one

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Great word! - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-19: 09:58:00

very nice - yellowbird, 2007-11-19: 10:27:00

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Headthought

Created by: jkernen1

Pronunciation:

Sentence: I had to take a quick headthought before I knew what her eyes were telling me.

Etymology: headshot + thought

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Observaskull

Created by: looseball

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-19: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by aigle101. Thank you aigle101! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-19: 00:02:00
If you are interested in learning more about face reading and micro-expressions, check out The Naked Face. It's an article written by Malcolm Gladwell which originally appeared New Yorker magazine. ~ James

metrohumanx - 2008-10-16: 06:24:00
Clairvoyant wins lottery for second time!

artr artr - 2008-10-16: 19:13:00
Nobody ever really wants the fruit salad.:-)

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-12: 00:34:00
Today's definition was suggested by aigle101. Thank you aigle101. ~ James