How to See Someone Else's Point of View

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Reader Comments (17)

Even better than a retalitory stink-eye is the big, sad, innocent eyes. Bonus points if you're shorter than the police officer and, thus, you're looking up at them. Try for maximum pathos and see if you can guilt-tug at some heartstrings.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeekRyuu

Why would you propagate the usage of this ludicrous word? WHY?

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

So... if you write your stuff from real life experiences... did Rick enjoy jail?

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrizzz

So ... what the hell is a "stink-eye?"

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorm

stink eye n. a facial expression of doubt, distrust, or dislike; a dirty look; skunk eye, the hairy eyeball. Etymological Note: There is inconclusive evidence that this term originated in Hawaii and spread through beach sports such as surfing and volleyball. In Hawaiian stink eye would translate as maka pilau, which, according to the Hawaiian Dictionary at the Hawaiian Electronic Library, exists as a term meaning ‘rotten eyes, one with rotten eyes, a ghost.’ (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

Presumably a "stink-eye" is what in the UK we'd call a "dirty look"?

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMad Dan Eccles

@Norm, see this web page. Although the article has little to do with stink-eye, the picture illustrates it quite well.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermstrange

@Norm, it's a colloquial term for a dirty look -- distrust, disdain, contempt. That kind of thing. I had to look it up when I first heard it a couple years ago. I've had to look up a lot of slang, because I didn't grow up in a gutter.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

I don't think I've ever gotten the stink-eye from a police officer. But then, I present as a NORP (normal, ordinary responsible person), the civilian you can turn your back on with complete certainty that he won't attack you without warning. Rick might be able to achieve this degree of neutral harmlessness, but he's starting late.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert


Aaaaaaah! That is sooo cute . . .

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

"I don't want the stink-eye" would make a great T-shirt.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGH

Comics like this seem to be the foundation of Rick and Scott's friendship, just riffing off of each other in conversation. They remind me of my favorite conversations with friends.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWaladil

Agh, I hate the term "stink-eye". It sounds like some revolting kind of infection.

Like pinkeye, but.... smellier.


August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Thanks everybody for explaining "stink-eye." Now all I need to is practice in front of a mirror.

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorm

I must be really old. I knew immediately what 'stink-eye' meant, even though I did not grow up in the gutter.

Sidenote: I purchased the Kindle version of your book, Scott, and am thoroughly enjoying it!

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteradrian

The idea that you have a right to one phone call in jail is a myth. You don't have a right to any phone calls in jail.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian
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