Sunday, February 19, 2012

(im'be-s1l, -sel)

Self Portriat With Open Mouth (mb-sl, -sl)
 Oil on linen on Plywood

It's one way to avoid the snarling grimace though you run the risk of looking like an imbecile. But if it's good enough for Avigdor Arikha....

" (mb-sl, -sl)
1. A stupid or silly person; a dolt.
2. A person whose mental acumen is well below par.
3. A person of moderate to severe mental retardation having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
adj. also im·be·cil·ic (mb-slk)
1. Stupid; silly.
2. Well below par in mental acumen.

[From obsolete French imbécille, weak, feeble, from Old French, from Latin imbcillus : in-, not; see in-1 + possibly bacillum, staff, diminutive of baculum, rod; see bak- in Indo-European roots.]

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