Tongue In Cheek
I'm trying to find the origin for 'tongue in cheek,' with no luck...
Does anyone know? Thanks!
The Morris Dictionary traces the origin to Richard Barham's 1845 book The Ingoldsby Legends in which a Frenchman says ""Superbe! Magnifique!" (with his tongue in his cheek." The semantic connection is hypothesized as being a gesture, like a wink, to indicate that it's said jokingly, sarcasticly, or in some sense insincerely.
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