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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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Headthought

Created by: jkernen1

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

Etymology: headshot + thought

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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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Reademright

Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Ree-dem-ryt

Sentence: Ever since Sarah had learned to reademright she could tell exactly what people were really thinking, which came in very handy in her job as a policewoman. She was soon promoted to the highest ranks, but kept her skill very much to herself as she wanted to be seen to have achieved it through hard work and effort.

Etymology: Read(to discover by interpreting symbols, expressions or character) + Right(factually correct) = Reademright

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and then she had to reademtheirrights - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-16: 15:58:00

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Parafacialsnoopism

Created by: deathsweep

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Tellepathy

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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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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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Faceseer

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Face-sea-er

Sentence: Harry Halo was a faceseer and was able to predict Harrietta's thoughts.

Etymology: A play on words; Face-and "See"-er

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Deciphacade

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Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: de-si-fa-sod

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

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

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Superfacialcapiting

Created by: Tenajeh

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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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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