Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How To Eye Bang Like A Pro

By Ami Angelowicz
I had no idea the eye flirtation lexicon was so specific. It’s like sign language. All these years I’ve been inadvertently telling men I hated them by winking my left eye. Guys, I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean it. It’s just that I am some kind of freak who can only wink with my left eye. From now on, I’ll keep it simple by placing my right forefinger to my left eye, signifying how handsome I think you are.

The following gem of a list — variations of which circulated in a number of publications at the back-end of the 1800s — was printed in 1891 in theTaranaki Herald, a newspaper once published in New Plymouth, New Zealand. It's a brief, 13-point guide to the mysterious art of "Eye Flirtation."

Transcript follows. Image courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand.


Winking the right eye—I love you.
Winking the left eye—I hate you.
Winking both eyes—Yes.
Winking both eyes at once—We are watched.
Winking right eye twice—I am engaged.
Winking left eye twice—I am married.
Dropping the eyelids—May I kiss you?
Raising the eyebrows—Kiss me.
Closing the left eye slowly—Try and love me.
Closing the right eye slowly—You are beautiful.
Placing right forefinger to right eye—Do you love me?
Placing right forefinger to left eye—You are handsome
Placing right little finger to the right eye—Aren't you ashamed?



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