Duck face

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A woman making a duck face pose

Duck face or Duck lips is a photographic pose, which is well known on profile pictures in social networks. Lips are pressed together as in a pout and often with simultaneously sucked in cheeks. The pose is most often seen as an attempt to appear alluring, but also as a self-deprecating, ironic gesture making fun of the pose. It may be associated with sympathy, attractiveness, friendliness or stupidity.[1]

A 2015 study found that people posting duck face pictures are more likely to be associated with neuroticism.[2][3]

In an animal communication studies of capuchin monkeys, the "duck face" term has been used synonymously with "protruded lip face", which females exhibit in the proceptive phase before mating.[4][5] added "duck face" as a new word in 2014 to their list of current and modern words, but it has not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.[6][7]

In the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, one of the lead charterers, Henrietta, played by Anna Chancellor, is called Duckface throughout the film.

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  1. ^ Miller, Sarah (25 May 2011). "Duck Hunting on the Internet". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Bushak, Lecia (18 August 2015). "What Your Selfies Can Reveal About Your Personality". Medical Daily. Retrieved 15 December 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Qiu, Lin; Lu, Jiahui; Yang, Shanshan; Qu, Weina; Zhu, Tingshao (November 2015). "What does your selfie say about you?" (PDF). Computers in Human Behavior. 52: 443–449. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.06.032.
  4. ^ Fragaszy, Dorothy M.; Visalberghi, Elisabetta; Fedigan, Linda M. (21 June 2004). The Complete Capuchin: The Biology of the Genus Cebus. Cambridge University Press. pp. 203–204, 233. ISBN 978-0-521-66768-5.
  5. ^ Manson, J. H.; Perry, S.; Parish, A. R. (October 1997). "Nonconceptive sexual behavior in bonobos and capuchins". International Journal of Primatology. 18 (5): 767–786. doi:10.1023/A:1026395829818.
  6. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (3 December 2014). "Oxford Dictionaries Adds 'Duck Face,' 'Man Crush' and 'Lolcat'". Time.
  7. ^ "Lolcat and duck face new words in Oxford Dictionaries online". BBC. 4 December 2014.