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A google search for 'gurn' turns up lots of unrelated uses. But try a google image search. Gurning is the subject of one chapter in Ricky Jay's book Jay's Journal of Anomalies (said book is a reprinting of a quarterly newsletter). --Elijah 01:15, 2004 Dec 18 (UTC)

Move to Wiktionary?[edit]

Move to Wiktionary? This seems like a definition to me - WayneMokane 06:54, 18 December 2004

I was suprised there wasn't more about gurning here actually. I'm sure it's a big enough subject to write an encyclopedia article about (not that I know of much more to say) and how about a photo anyone? -- Nojer2 16:59, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Gurn for the DJ[edit]

Seems more like an advert for a club than a fact. I have never gurned for the DJ, despite a long and illustrius career of clubbing. -Anon

Know exactly what you mean. I've been clubbing for years, never heard "gurn for the DJ" -Anon

This was infact a shortlived craze in the nightclubs in oxfordshire(they do exist)and hs died out in recent years -Anon

Inappropriate Picture[edit]

Yeanold Viskersenn (talk · contribs) is insisting that the picture Image:Man grimacing.jpg should be a part of this article. I completely disagree (and so has (talk · contribs)). The photo's colouration is not appropriate for an article that is not about flourescent colours. I would be satisfied if the photo were replaced with a version that had not been colourized like this (either a black & white photo or a normal colour photo).

In order to avoid the edit war that seems to be developing over this, I am asking for other wikipedians to state their views here so that we can come to a consensus on this.

GrantNeufeld 00:47, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

I am sometimes amazed by the pedanticity that occurs on this website. If the colours are really that distracting and corruptive of the article's credibility, then a simple desaturation of the existing image will bring it to the seemingly personally preferred (unless there are Wikipedia guidelines about colouration, I'm unsure) specifications that GrantNeufeld has described. Feel free to edit and re-upload the image as you wish. In the meantime I see no harm in retaining the existing photo, as a fluorescent image is more useful than no image at all. Yeanold Viskersenn 01:39, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

Inaccurate picture[edit]

I think this image should be removed because it is inaccurate. The article states that a gurn "involves projecting the lower jaw as far forward and up as possible, and covering the upper lip with the lower lip." The person in the photo isn't doing anything resembling that. It looks more like a frown to me. --Donbert 23:06, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

  • I agree heartedly. This picture does not appear to illustrate what the text is saying. I think we should take it out. — Ke6jjj 01:01, 29 December 2006 (UTC)
  • One more vote from me, for removing the picture. For an informative article, what one thinks of as an almost stereotypical gurn would be much better. In fact, the person in the picture doesn't appear to be participating in the tradition of gurning, per se. 22:24, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Me also. The mental picture I get from the article (and my own expression when I attempt the face) doesn't resemble that picture whatsoever. I imagine it's more like that Hallmark card which I can't seem to find a picture of anywhere online, with that old frontier-looking guy on it. DevOhm Talk 00:51, 13 June 2007 (UTC)
  • Removed it. This picture is clearly not a depiction of gurning, and there is obvious consensus to remove it. Fences and windows (talk) 22:34, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
  • At right is the removed image.
An adult human not gurning

Contrary to what Donbert says above, the article states "A typical gurn might involve projecting the projecting the lower jaw[...]" (emphasis added). It seems like article text has been corrected since the complaint was made and that was the proper course of action. There are two other images on the page, so I won't bother restoring that one, but this picture seems fine to me. --Elijah (talk) 20:16, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Better pictures[edit]

Captain Darron von Awesome - Gurning Blockhead.jpg
Gurning Horse - - 1826737.jpg
Wonderferret gurns (cropped).jpg

What about these? // Liftarn (talk) 13:02, 4 June 2019 (UTC)


I marked the article for cleanup and removed most of the section on MDMA. I agree that I have never heard of the term "gurning for the DJ", nor have I heard of an MDMA high being referred to as "gurning", nor individual MDMA tablets referred to as "gurns". I also surely hope that I never have to hear someone say anything along the lines of "gurning my tits off"... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 03:18, August 2, 2006 (UTC)

  • Gurning (in regards to MDMA) is the weird looking jaw movement, including opening and closing of the mouth, used to stretch the jaw muscles, which get tight from clenching. The term is used at least some, although I hadn't heard it until a friend mentioned it to me. We usually just call it retard face. 0127hrs, 3 September 2012 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:58, 2 September 2012 (UTC) looks like it has nothing to do with making faces, and should not be linked. -- 16:12, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

MDMA could still be mentioned here, as the "gurning" associated with it is apparently not identical to bruxism[1], and this article is not just about gurning contests. Peter E. James (talk) 22:38, 7 June 2011 (UTC)


I followed the "gurning" link to see the fish from whose name the word is derived, and it turns out there are a few unrelated fish to which the name can refer. Could someone figure out which "gurn" is being referred to? Phoenix Flower 20:34, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

The claimed derivation of "gurning" as relating to the appearance of a gurnard is, I'm afraid, suspect. I've updated the definition in the entry and done a certain amount of cleaning up. Bob 15:09, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Davina MaCall[edit]

Is Davina MaCall really skilled enough at gurning for this article? I know she pulls faces at the camera quite a lot, but she has hardly made a career from it. Scollk 16:32, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Are there people making a career of making funny faces? Do any colleges over vocational training for this highly valuable craft? --Achim (talk) 23:52, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Duck Face[edit]

Duck Face redirects here and i do not believe it should. Δρ∈rs∈ghiη (talk) 21:43, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Redirects and colloquialisms[edit]

since making a face, and duck face, redirect here, there needs to be mention of these terms in article, esp. of their origin status, ie are they yank or brit english. oy, i added info on the yank version. hope its both swell and bloody useful, mates. (talk) 17:27, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Gurning as I know it[edit]

In Canada, gurning is when someone with no teeth does this, even getting their bottom lip over their nose. Here's what I suggest:

  • Make that bit about toothless gurning into a section.
  • Get an image of this sort of gurning into that section.

Okay, who reading this has no teeth and is not camera shy? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 08:01, 27 April 2018 (UTC)