Word of the Day: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

This saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek  and as you’ve probably guessed it means that different people have different ideas about what is beautiful, something I totally agree with. Don’t you?

But what is beauty? According to scientists, beauty has to do with symmetry combined with some gender-specific traits. For example, for women : full lips, large eyes, small jaw and nose ; and for men: squarer jaw, deeper-set eyes, full lips. Can you think of anybody with these traits? I surely have  some in mind. All right ! Time’s up! Stop daydreaming and go back to reading!

By the way, did you know that women’s perceptions of beauty change throughout their menstrual cycle? I know it sounds a bit weird and I don’t want to believe it but unfortunately this is what research shows.

Anyway, this is a brief (or rather not so brief) introduction to what I wanted to say from the beginning of this article  and this is  that beauty is nothing without brains  and the video below is proof of this.

I’m planning to use it with my elementary students, who are now studying the semantic field of FOOD.

Want to give it a go? Yes? Great!! So, now, watch it and then answer the following questions (if you want to do the hot potatoes exercise, click here)

1. What does the girl order?

2. Where  are they?

2 thoughts on “Word of the Day: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

  1. Hi!.”Beauty”, is difficult to describe,because I think , it´s on everybody´s eyes.I don´t believe in scientists beauty traits, for example, if we talk about actresses, I love Sandra Bullock and a lot of people could say ,what? “She is not a beauty”,but I think the opposite not only because of her appearance,also because I think she is funny and intelligent on her real life and that´s part of the word “beauty” for me.(Obviously I don´t know her in person but this ishow I feel) The post is so funny and I agree ,there are a lot of women and men who have a great physical appearance but they haven´t any brain inside their heads.Although it is not our case,is it?jejejejeje.Take care yourself.See you soon!

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