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The term has been derived from the Middle English smirken, and linked to Old English terms for smiling and for derision.
Fritz Perls considered the most difficult patients to be the clever know-it-alls, recognisable by what he called “a specific kind of smile, a kind of smirk, a smirk that says, 'Oh, you're an idiot! I know better. I can outwit you and control you'”.
- Desmond Morris, Manwatching (1977) p. 188-9
- B. Kirkpatrick ed., Roget's Thesaurus (1996) p. 572
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (PEL 1975) p. 341
- The Free Dictionary
- Quoted in B. Ford ed., The Age of Shakespeare (1973) p. 72
- http://www.bartleby.com/66/13/11913.html[dead link]
- F. Perls, Gestalt Therapy Verbatim (1973) p. 79
L. Konstantinou, Wipe That Smirk Off Your Face (2011)