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  • Hello! This is a very interesting article for me, as an English teacher, a fan of Alice in wonderland and as a person who was born in Cheshire. Once I gmdid some research in this subject and my final conclusion was that because Cheshire is a big player in the dairy farming industry the children were said to have big white teeth when they smiled because of all the calcium rich products they ate/eat or drink/drank – therefore they called us thing connected with out teeth or smiles. I guess this is one theory of many.

  • Hello, Jodoe, and thanks for this interesting comment. I like your hypothesis, though I really couldn’t say how likely it is. It seems at least as plausible as one or two of the ideas floated in my discussion, but for now the truth remains elusive.

  • When one grins — as opposed to smiles (sometimes) — the teeth are always exposed. Exposing teeth is unsettlig/unnerving, because teeth, like claws, are an animal’s natural weapons. The expression ”baring one’s teeth” isn’t really considered a smile, but it COULD pass for a grin.