Philip E. Cleary philip.cleary at VERIZON.NET
Sun Sep 22 01:27:03 UTC 2002

A news story reported at informs
me that the "World Gurning Championships," to which "gurners" are doubtless
flocking, are taking place in Cumbria.

"Contestants are required to wear a horse collar while they pull their best
grotesque and extraordinary faces." That, I take it, is a description of
"gurning." Can anyone tell me more about this wonderful word and its

And, while we're on the subject, is "to pull a face" the UK equivalent of
the US "to make a face"?

Phil Cleary

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