LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 26 10:20:36 UTC 2008

I don't have online access to the OED, but I have a copy of OED1, and there
is no definition for frown that concerns the mouth specifically, but as long
as I can remember (and much longer I'm sure) there has been the idea of
turning a frown upside down (into a smile).

I think the OED should have this sense of a frown being an inverted smile,
or it's opposite.  When did this idea start?  Early Broadway?

Randy Alexander
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