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Schott's Miscellany 27 August 2009

Krakatoa violently erupted, sending six cubic miles of rock, ash, and pumice into the air (1883)


ON LAUGHTER

According to The Perfect Gentleman (1860) laughter may be classified thus:

The DIMPLERS: The dimple is practiced to give a grace ot the features, and is frequently made a bait to entangle a gazing lover.

The LAUGHTERS: The laugh "is the common risus of the ancients, and is simply and expansion of the smile, accompanied by a slight cachinnation."

The SMILERS: The smile "expresses our satisfaction in a sort of liberal approbation."

The GRINNERS: The grin, by writers of antiquity, is called the syncrusian and was then, as it is now, made use of to display a beautiful set of teeth.

The HORSE LAUGHERS: The horse laugh is an undue expansion of the laugh, accompanied by a boisterous noise, and is not allowable in polite society.

The Perfect Gentleman also notes that "immoderate laughter is exceedingly unbecoming in a lady"; however, "she may affect the dimple or the smile."


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