DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is Miss Manners’ opinion on eye-rolling? Especially when accompanied by an extended sigh or tongue-clicking?
I have a sibling who has been doing this for years, and has even added a shoulder roll with head toss. It’s a mini workout of contempt -- and oh, yes, there is that finishing sneer, like a villain from a black-and-white movie.
While I do feel better for having written all this down, I would still be glad to have a professional opinion.
GENTLE READER: Were you expecting Miss Manners to say that this behavior is fine? Obviously it is not. But perhaps you want assistance, along with reassurance.
You might try exclaiming, “Marcy, are you having a seizure? I am worried that your face is making all kinds of rapid expressions. Perhaps you should see a specialist about that.”