May192014

Why are so many young women these days going around with their mouths wide open in an expression that seems to be half shock-of-amazement, half giant-smile?
I have few memories of this particular expression playing much of a role in the culture in the 1990s, and none whatsoever of girls and young women putting it on in the far-distant days of my youth.
Where does it come from? And why has it managed to establish itself as a standard part of today’s stock of poses and expressions?

Why are so many young women these days going around with their mouths wide open in an expression that seems to be half shock-of-amazement, half giant-smile?

I have few memories of this particular expression playing much of a role in the culture in the 1990s, and none whatsoever of girls and young women putting it on in the far-distant days of my youth.

Where does it come from? And why has it managed to establish itself as a standard part of today’s stock of poses and expressions?

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