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    Rolling eyes

    Hi,
    Please, what does the remark mean?
    “Brits" at least sounds plausible as a short form of Briton or British, and yes, we are sadly aware of our status as the redheaded stepchild of the English-speaking world (rolling eyes).

    I’ve always thought the emoticon meant wondering or surprise.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Rolling eyes

    I'm rather different from you. When I chat in yahoo, there is an emotion of "rolling eyes" and it means that sb is silly or you are laughing at sb (no offensive, just for fun). So I think in this case, the word means funny

    It's just my opinion

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    #3

    Re: Rolling eyes

    I agree with Damnit- it's meant to suggest that there is no offence meant by the remarks.


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    Re: Rolling eyes

    Thanks, Damnit and Tdol.
    I had looked in a dictionary and it doesn’t tell abt any emotions expressed by it; it gives an example, Don’t roll your eyes at me! What could be the context for this exclamation?

    Here’s a dialogue from a joke book:
    1st monster – That girl over there just rolled her eyes at me.
    2nd monster – Well roll them back, she might need them.

    Does it only mean she stared or does it give some additional info abt the way she did?

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    Re: Rolling eyes

    It could mean that she was trying to signal to him that she found him attractive.


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    Re: Rolling eyes

    Thanks.
    I dare remind, there's one more question.

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    #7

    Re: Rolling eyes

    It could be any context- surprise, shock, sexual attraction, amusement- any con text in which someone might communicate by rolling their eyes.


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    Re: Rolling eyes

    Thank you very much, Tdol.

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