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Alex Lahio
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 12:42:04 PM

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Is there a word for a fake smile? Someone who is is trying to show that he/she is happy by faking his/her smile. Is there a word to say that hes smiling and showing happiness on purpose.

Can you really say like.

He's smiling deliberately to show that he's happy,

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 12:54:35 PM

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Hello Alex.

I cannot think of a single word. A 'fake smile' sounds good.

If one is smiling to deliberately show that one is happy (when one is not happy) it could be a "forced smile".

"He gave a forced smile."
"She had a fake smile on her face."
Hope123
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:13:03 PM

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Hi Alex. I Iiked Dragon's 'forced smile' and looked up synonyms for that. 'Contrived, 'insincere', 'perfunctory', and others came up.

So did this link. 'A Pan Am smile' and a 'Botox smile' brought a real smile to my face.

http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/172914/what-is-a-word-for-a-person-who-throws-a-fake-smile

Luker4
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:14:57 PM

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Put on a smile ?
Hope123
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:17:37 PM

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Luker4 wrote:
Put on a smile ?


Good one, Luker. There's even a song about 'put on a happy face'.

(BTW, you would usually be on a roll.)
Hope123
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:19:32 PM

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"Put On A Happy Face"

Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face;
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face.

Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy,
It's not your style;
You'll look so good that you'll be glad
Ya' decide to smile!

Pick out a pleasant outlook,
Stick out that noble chin;
Wipe off that "full of doubt" look,
Slap on a happy grin!

And spread sunshine all over the place,
Just put on a happy face!
Put on a happy face
Put on a happy face

And if you're feeling cross and bitterish
Don't sit and whine
Think of banana split and licorice
And you'll feel fine

I knew a girl so gloomy
She'd never laugh or sing
She wouldn't listen to me
Now she's a mean old thing

So spread sunshine all over the place
And put on a happy, happy face
Put on a happy, happy, happy face
Oh, come on bubby, smile its your birthday
The Hoarse Whisperer
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 3:05:23 PM

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Simper
johnfl
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 3:45:11 PM

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UNSTAUNCHY
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 4:06:00 PM
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John: "On being introduced she gave an unstaunchy smile?" ??

"Her smile did not reach her eyes."
"She gave a perfunctory smile."
"Her attempt at a smile was more of a grimace."

....there are umpteen ways in which we describe it - yet we don't have a word for it. Well, except for 'fake'. Do you have one?
Bareskin2000
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 4:24:00 PM

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A Mona Lisa smile.
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 4:24:24 PM

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A plastic smile used to a common expression.
Verbatim
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 4:26:05 PM
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Machiavellian could be the synonym, since he wrote about faking even one's death to deceive enemies.
Alex Lahio
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 5:21:01 PM

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I will go for "Fake Smile "

Because everyone will understand it.

However Romany,

"Her attempt at a smile was more of a grimace."


This sentence is really nice. I learnt how to use grimace.

Thank you everyone!
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:38:38 PM

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Luker was right, or very nearly so --

One can indeed "put on" a fake smile, which could well be called a "put-on" smile.

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And, Luker -

As Hope mentioned, the usual expression would be "I'm on a roll" (or "on a winning streak.")

NKM
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:14:14 AM

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Romany wrote:
John: "On being introduced she gave an unstaunchy smile?" ??

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"Unstaunchy"?

Did you just make that up, or is it a word somewhere in the world?

Newagenda
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:15:40 AM
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I like " Forced smile" Boo hoo!
ellana
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:35:44 AM
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What about a 'smirk' or a 'simper'?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:48:01 AM

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Google translates Finnish tekohymy as artificial smile ;-)
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 7:38:47 AM
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NKM - Noooo. It's not my word. A poster called John (to whom I addressed the post) simply made a one-word post: "Unstaunchly". I was, in my British way, trying to get him to elaborate a little on this cryptic utterance.

Alex - you still didn't answer whether you have a word for this in your language? I get the idea you speak either Cantonese, Singaporean or Putonghua so I'm really interested to know.
NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 8:02:14 AM
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There are quite a few good suggestions already, but how about:

A phony smile
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 8:29:07 AM

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Romany,
I think Alex speaks Finnish as his home language,
but let's keep this as a secret ;-)
Blodybeef
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 8:43:28 AM

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Smirk also came to my mind, but it has a smart-ass quality.Think

Phony smile sounds nice.Applause
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:45:53 AM

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A phony smile rings a bell with me. Good one, Nancy.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 11:35:54 AM

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In the beginning of the WW2, between the Germans and UK-France, there was this Phoney War. Nothing else happened, but the Soviets tried to invade Finland.
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