Friday, July 21, 2023

Quote of the Day (Colin Nissan, on What Eyebrows Communicate)

“Your eyebrows alone can communicate more than you realize. One raised eyebrow means that you're intrigued, while two raised eyebrows means that you're surprised, and no eyebrows means that you're in Blue Man Group.”—Humorist Colin Nissan, “Shouts and Murmurs: Reading Body Language Like the Experts,” The New Yorker, June 26, 2023

The above contention about “two raised eyebrows” appears to be contradicted by the evidence in the accompanying photo. Jack Nicholson in The Shining is conveying that the phrase “killer eyebrows” is hardly a metaphor. He’s not surprised—he’s making sure the person he’s talking to is, and not in a pleasant way.

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