Eskimos are reputed to have hundreds of words for snow. I propose we generate as many words for smiles. I can only think of grin and smirk, and the thesaurus entry was weak, indeed. Here are ten of the smiles that I think need new names:
1. The uncontrollable smile that breaks across your face like a winter dawn when the man you love does something extra sweet.
2. The, "I see you every day but don't have anything to say to you, so I just smile," smile.
3. The smile (perhaps coupled with a perfunctory snort or chuckle) when something someone said is not that funny, but you feel the urge to be kind regardless.
4. The ear-to-ear enthusiastic grin when greeting an old friend.
5. The good-bye smile.
6. The smile of genuine surprise.
7. The smile of embarrassment, "No, I think it's funny that I fell on my butt spilling coffee all over myself, really I do!"
8. The flirty smile, "Come hither."
9. The smile of relief. "He's going to be okay?"
10. And one of my favorites, the chuckle/smile to yourself when you're reading something funny alone.
Any I have forgotten?
EDIT -- 4/29/08 Over dinner last night, Michelle came up with: The smile that babies make when they're gassy. Bob came up with: The smile Maggie makes right before she vomits.