[Ads-l] to ugly-laugh

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Thu Jun 22 04:29:54 EDT 2017


This sounds like an extension of "ugly-cry," something I noticed a few 
months ago.


On 6/21/2017 9:46 AM, Barretts Mail wrote:
> On “Britain’s Got Talent” (Semi Final 5, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIVxPRqgtD4 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIVxPRqgtD4>, about 8:40), Alesha Dixon praises a comedian contestant (Daliso Chaponda), saying that he made her and Amanda Holden “ugly-laugh.”
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> As per Arnold Zwicky (https://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/07/29/whats-wrong-with-this-verb/ <https://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/07/29/whats-wrong-with-this-verb/>), it seems that this is not merely “laughing uglily” but is referring to is a particular phenomenon where something is so funny that you lose your ability to maintain your attractive laugh and the true, ugly laugh-face comes out.
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> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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