I can read you like a book, baby!

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

I can read you like a book, baby!

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Wiseguise: /wise guys/ 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) Created by: petaj.

Comments on Wiseguise:

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

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

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

Facecracker: /face + cracker/ 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 Created by: bzav1.

Comments on Facecracker:

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

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

Facerism: /feys-er-iz-uhm/ 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: face + mannerism Created by: Stevenson0.

Espivisage: /ESS-pee-vih-sahzh/ 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 Created by: purpleartichokes.

Comments on Espivisage:

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

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Definition Comments:

Verbotomy2007-11-19: 00:01:00
Today’s definition was suggested by aigle101. Thank you aigle101! ~ James

Verbotomy2007-11-19: 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