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Q: Why do Chinese girls cover their mouths when they laugh or smile?

2 years 40 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
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to cover up those nasty looking teeth that some of them have.

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haha... or to cover the smell of garlic breath...

 

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It is out of politeness. Ladies do not "guffaw" out loud like men do. They are supposed to be delicate and demure.

In fact, in the West it used to be the same. Ladies would smile behind their fans.

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Chinese traditional view thought the girl should be graceful and elegant. so people don't like the young girl mouth open so big like shark show their  teeth, the true lady should not grin, they should be smile without show their teeth.(Chinese slang is 笑不露齿 )

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It's to make up for the fact that they don't cover their mouth when sneezing.

The universe needs balance.

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that's chinese logic for ya. It's graceful and elegant to cover your mouth when laughing. meanwhile they are spitting, sneezing, and coughing all over the place.   angry

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9 out of 10 times it's because your breath stinks....and they don't just cover their mouths they cover their noses too!

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There are cookies, bookies and too many rookies for me to sit here trying to be a hooky! Looky Looky don't call me a wooky. Touchy Touchy Feely Feely Spicy Spicy Nicey Nicey & that's what the doctor Ordered!!

 
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It is just considered good manners. They cover their mouths if they pick their teeth also. I think is an attempt to appear modest.

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