Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sheepish Smile



Sheep, originally uploaded by Em Dy.

I wonder why a smile is called sheepish. Do you know why?

Taken December 2008

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This week's Photo Hunt theme: Furry

29 comments:

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a cool shot.

It's a great question. I want to know the answer to this one too. :)

Mira said...

Nice take on the theme. You smile sheepishly when you're embarrassed which resembles a sheep's meekness and timidity - I guess that's it, lol. Here's mine http://www.mirasblog.com/2009/01/photo-hunt-5-furry.html

Bruce said...

Hey those critters are cute! Nice photo:)

Rose said...

I have no idea about why it is called a sheepish smile, though Mira's explanation makes sense. I like your critters photo....

Villas Girl said...

These guys, girls and young ones are very cute.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

That's a cool a furry shot. And no, I am not sure about the answer to your question.

Grammy said...

Thats a great shot. are the wet? or fur is just that wiggly? Thanks for the smile on my face.
Have a great week.
Grammy
Missouri, USA

Darla said...

Looks like part of a live nativity scene.

Kerri said...

Oh, they look so sweet!!

Jedediah said...

Lovely shot, where did you take it?

Jedediah said...

Mira seems to be right with her answer according to most dictionaries I consulted:
http://www.yourdictionary.com/sheepish
Hmm, sheeps and timid, I don't know.

Carolina said...

I love sheep! And these are very cute. They have such lovely faces. Like your title too.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Great idea for both memes..That is a good question...

Tammy said...

They are so cute!!!

Karen said...

I like that photo ... very cool :-)

Many, many years ago at school, I recall being asked by the teacher to look up the definition and origin of sheepiness.

IIRC ... the term has been around for quite awhile. It can been being like a group of sheep ...timid and bashful.

Or, it can refer to the type of smile someone gives when making a mistake or being caught doing something they really shouldn't be doing. Sort of embarrassed but 'oh well' type thing..

Lapa37 said...

Very good picture

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Good shot, Em Dy, and you got two-for-one with this one: Camera Critters and Photo Hunt (Furry). Well done!

Dianne said...

what a beautifully composed scene!!

I assume sheepish smile came to be because of how small their smiles are -

Mrs Mecomber said...

Great photo! And those things are furry! Sheepish maybe means shy or something like that, I think.

I did Photo Hunters too. I hope you get a chance to visit!
http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-furry/

Happy weekend!

Alice Audrey said...

That's a very useful kind of furry. Makes me want to get my carder out.

June said...

All I can think of is the movie Babe when looking at this photo :-)

Lene said...

Haha. They made me smile, yes :) Great furrypost :)

Maureen Hayes said...

WOW, this looks like a manager scene out of a Christmas setting. Nice shot of sheep. . .LOL!

Please check out my offering this week at:

http://beingchronicallyillisapill.blogspot.com/2009/01/photohunt-saturday-furry-friends.html

Happy Photo Hunt!

Groomer Angie said...

Nice shot, I like the dark brown one!

ratmammy said...

Oh! I love sheep!!

mirage2g said...

Not the 'whitest' sheep but the most appropriate for the theme. Sheepish smile-true I think it comes with being timid...:D

PowersTwinB said...

Great photo of the sheep! I guess if you look at that last sheep on the right, he is kinda smiling at me! LOL My photo hunt is up, please come and visit soon

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

ah...cute woolies.

Gayle said...

That's an interesting pen.