Friday, May 31, 2013

Let's Learn Japanese: Doyagao

doyagao (n.) A smug face

After a tiresome three weeks in the city hospital, Wife gave birth to Daughter at the beginning of April. Daughter is just about two months old now, and is an endless source of humorous facial expressions. Did you know that babies often cross their eyes for no apparent reason? They do, and it's hilarious every time.

Usually these expressions are too fleeting for me to catch on camera, but last night I was in the right place at the right time. While shooting about six frames a second, I grabbed this gem:

Doyagao comes from dou ya, a colloquialism akin to "How ya like me now?" and kao, which means face.

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