David Dyer-Bennet dd-b at dd-b.net
Mon Mar 3 13:41:10 PST 2003

Jag <agrajag at dragaera.net> writes:

> On Mon, 2003-03-03 at 16:00, Ryan Grove wrote:
> > Ever since I was a wee lad, I've wondered exactly what a shrug is. Is it 
> > the raising of one's shoulders and, perhaps, the accompanying 
> > downward-turned mouth and raised eyebrows? Or is it something else 
> > entirely? Could the verb "to shrug" be completely ambiguous, and perhaps 
> > refer to some unseen state of mind rather than a visible action?
> > 
> > Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary ((c) 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.) 
> > says the following:
> > 
> >      shrug
> >      \Shrug\, v. i. To raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing
> >      dislike, dread, doubt, or the like.
> Hmm.. I believe this definition is missing something. I perfer this
> definition from the American Heritage dictionary (actually I pulled it
> off dictionary.reference.com):
>         To raise the shoulders, especially as a gesture of doubt,
>         disdain, or indifference.

There we go, that covers it pretty well.  Sometimes it's only one
shoulder, especially when you're leaning on the other arm. 
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