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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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Countenanvoyance

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: kown ten an voy ants

Sentence: E.S. Peer was a man gifted in countenanvoyance. He was a human lie detector and could soon sort out people's real agendas. This skill afforded him the ability to get very prestigious jobs and make himself invaluable to employers. Asked how he did it, E.S. said, "Eye can look into your face and eye nose what you are thinking. Under your make-up, eye can attest to your real make-up. You cannot brow beat me or make me en-visage something not there. Eye can tell when you mouthing something else and giving me cheek. Face it, eye can read you like a book!"

Etymology: Countenance (the Human face) & Clairvoyance (apparent power to perceive things that are not present to the senses)

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Mugnous

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: Muhg-nouse

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, she could read others like an open book.

Etymology: Mug: n. face of a person:; vb: to mug - to make exaggerated facial expressions. 2. Prosoperspicacious: blend of prosopo (face)& perspicacious (penetrating mental vision or discernment)

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Wiseguise

petaj

Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: wise guys

Sentence: Carl was no wiseguise. He could never tell what his girlfriend was thinking despite careful study of her expressions.

Etymology: wise (knowledgeable) + guise (face/expression) + wise guy (smarty pants)

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good one petaj - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-19: 12:10:00

Nice word! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-19: 16:15:00

Yup, very creative. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-19: 18:14:00

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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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Deciphacade

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: de-si-fa-sod

Sentence: Kimberly was not an excellent deciphaçader, which further complicated her ability to communicate with anybody on her vacation to the newest Sandals resort in Bilbao.

Etymology: decipher (decode, interpret meaning) + façade (building's front)

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Espivisage

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: ESS-pee-vih-sahzh

Sentence: Sue used ESPivisage to successfully conclude that Bob wanted a burger and fries for lunch, and not the leftover tofurkey sandwich she suggested.

Etymology: ESP, visage, espionage

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Nice blend with good use of ESP! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-19: 16:16:00

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Fakepression

Created by: patrick12345

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good job - patrick12345, 2007-11-19: 21:20:00

ya!!!! - patrick12345, 2007-11-19: 21:20:00

i like it - patrick12345, 2007-11-19: 21:20:00

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Facerism

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: feys/er/iz/uhm

Sentence: By studying her facial reaction to every word and movement and observing all her idiosyncrasies from eye to nose to chin to cheeks, he could read and interpret correctly each and every facerism she displayed.

Etymology: FACERISM - noun - from FACE (an expression, or look ) + MANNERISM (affected style, or habit in speech, or facial expressions)

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Faceseelity

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: face/see/li/tee

Sentence: She had an uncanny faceseelity which made her everyone's favourite waitress. When you ordered the fruit salad she knew you really wanted the hot fudge sundae.

Etymology: face + see + facility

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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