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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Smug Shots

Wonderful word SMUG.

Just four little letters and yet conveys so much. There must be equivalent words in other languages but I doubt that any of them could coin such a nuanced idea with such little effort.

The other day I was reading an article about mapping the human genome and there was a photo of Craig Venter. And Craig Venter was looking smug. Because Craig Venter always looks smug. He just has one of those faces. It emits smugness to a point that you just want to put a boot into it. Bless him, he can’t help it.

Then I got to thinking what other public figures have that smug look. Now I’m not talking about those ‘proud’ or ‘arrogant’ or ‘massive ego’ looks. No, it has to be that superior, self satisfied shit-eating grin that you just know belies some deep seated insecurity.

So, I’ll throw a few examples of what I currently consider to be the smuggest mugs to grace our magazine covers and television screens and see if you lot can add with a few more to the line up:

Craig Venter

Nicholas Sarkozy

Matthew McConaughey

Hillary Clinton


Michael Schumacher

Mike Myers

Richard Branson


and of course Tom Cruise

Now look at all these photos very carefully. Do you notice anything? Exactly the same expression in all of their eyes. Twenty-one carrat, uncut smugness. I'm not kidding, look again.

So what other celebs would you classify as prize smug bastards?


Blogger Mateu said...

Welp, that would be the list as far as the general population. After that, it depends on your field. For computer geeks, you'd think of Gates, Ellison and yes, even Jobs. I'd be any money you'd like that every research field has its respective smug bastards.


8:51 am  
Blogger jothemama said...

This is my favourite. Helps control my Smeg-envy:

6:11 pm  
Blogger morgor said...

smeg envy?

em, I'd be adding ronan keating to the list.

here's a nice picture of him

5:44 pm  
Anonymous redleeroy said...

A touch of the smug about this shitbird -

1:40 pm  

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