My Word! March 15

1: a facial expression usually of disgust, disapproval, or pain
Tiger made a painful grimace as the nurse manipulated his leg.
As a noun, grimace goes back to 1651 (it did not appear as a verb in English until 1732). We got it from the Middle French grimache. The French word is said to have a Germanic origin, which is funny since it all comes back to the Old English word grīma, meaning mask.

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Betsey Ellis

Betsey is a recovering agent of Satan (.i.e. a legal professional) now working towards a lifetime goal of becoming a perfectly sane cat lady, medieval clothing designer, and occasional playwright. Maybe even finish my doctorate.....nyah, probably not, who needs another expert in Elizabethan Law and its effect on the growth of the middle class.