Phrase News: A man who took the phrase ‘turn that frown upside down’ literally has been left been left with horrible facial disfigurement.

“I’m not one of those people that struts around grinning from ear to ear all day long,” said Duncan Shore, 29. “I’m not unhappy or depressed, I just don’t feel the need to spend all day grinning like an idiot.”

“Over the years dozens of people have suggested that I should ‘turn my frown upside down’ – so one day I did, by performing home surgery on my mouth and rotating it 180 degrees.”

“Far from looking like a cheery, happy go lucky type, now I look like a monster. I scare children – I wish people would think these inane phrases through before they say them.”

The incident has prompted the Government to pass new laws restricting the use of such proverbs – last month a man in Kettering, Northamptonshire, died of third degree burns after taking the saying ‘fight fire with fire’ literally when his house was ablaze.

Story: Simon Swatman

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