I thought about this gross misuse of a human gesture because fiction imitate life.
I wish authors would stop it! The next book I read where the character is smirking instead of affectionately smiling. I’m putting it down.
I’ve only a certain amount of time on this earth and I’m not spending anymore of it reading about smirking people. Reading books with someone trying to hoodwink me into believing their characters intentions are good.
Quit using the word smirk when referring an affectionate or silly smile.
I see it every where.
I see things like, “He walked in the room and smirked at me and I melted.” I’m very forgiving in my readership but I keep seeing it, so, I realized it’s an attempt to change the meaning of a word that has meant the same thing since the dawn of human history.
Smirk is an expression that’s never going to mean affection no matter how much you try to make it means affection and tries to convince everyone else it does. Nor is it ever going to mean silly teasing someone.
If anyone is smirking at you then you best to get away from them. Not flirt with them. Smirking is not flirting.
You can’t change human nature.
A smirk is a smile evoking insolence, scorn, or offensive smugness. A smile in an irritatingly smug, or conceited manner.
I read a question asking why do some men and women find a smirk attractive?
I have no idea.
The word Smirk should not be used when referring an affectionate smile even if the character is a villain. That’s not how anyone smiles who doesn’t mean the other person harm. Rather in reality or fiction.
If someone shoot you a smirk upon first greeting them? Then why are you surprised your relationship with them is tumultuous. That first impression told you not to get involved with them.
I have no idea why it’s so popularly used when a vast majority of women appear to find the smirk from a complete stranger or a date as arrogant and comes off as an a$$hole type of person.
Even the word titillating would be a better substitute. That another word the meaning has changed over the means.
In simpler terms. A smirk is a polite way of mean mugging someone.