'express' (intransitive)

Damien Hall halldj at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jul 21 16:33:03 UTC 2006

The 18 and 19 July 2006 pages of Stephen Colbert's hilarious desk calendar give
excerpts from "Stephen Colbert's Guide to Expressing Like a TV Journalist".
The pages consist of a photo of Colbert making some exaggerated expression and
a quotation underneath it portraying the thoughts of the journalist seen making
the expression:  so the 18 July page has him with a quizzical look, one eyebrow
theatrically raised, and the quotation is 'Your comments evoke a skepticism in
me that I choose to convey smugly.'

So *express* is used intransitively, with the meaning 'make a facial
expression'.  This definition isn't in *OED* or *MW*.  Has anyone come across
it before?

Damien Hall
University of Pennsylvania

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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