Physiognomy: the art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance
2: the facial features held to show qualities of mind or character by their configuration or expression
3: external; also: inner character or quality revealed outwardly
Physiognomy is a great word to add to your student’s vernaculars. We’re talking about a face, the features of a face—but wait, then you add in the way a face can indicate a person’s character or temperament. I love this concept. It takes me
immediately to places like the Red Queen in Alice’s Wonderland, cranky and out of sorts and therefore bossily dictatorial; the endlessly sweetly confused quizzical Pooh in Winnie the Pooh; the stoically brilliant Sherlock Holmes
contemplative frown… You get the idea.
On the other hand I sort of hate the idea that a face is judged solely by the expression currently being…expressed by that
face. After all, our emotions flit across our faces and through our brains at the blink of an eye. Still, interesting word to contemplate. And to include in a sentence.
Grammar Punk Sentence: P I 5 physiognomy
As an artist Phoebe prided herself on the accuracy of character her paintings revealed when it came to the physiognomies of her subjects, especially since her subjects were pigeons.