wipe that smile (or makeup) off your face

wipe that smile off your face, a video from the richyrocks youtube channel, centers around a disagreement about the importance of flags. the most important lesson in the vid is the phrasal verb wipe off (clean, remove). when used as part of the expression in this title it is an aggressive way to tell someone they need to be more serious.

additionally,  the expression the shit is used to show a strong positive feeling for flags.

gay pride flag
gay pride flag (commons.wikimedia.org)

the words in the graphics present a contrast between the adjective proud (satisfied–flags make us feel proud) and the noun pride (satisfaction–flags are a manifestation of our pride).

fun english practice :) richyrocks english on youtube

finally, the differing opinions about flags lead to an awkward (uncomforatble) interpersonal moment and an effort to literally remove a smile by wiping.

the popular and critically acclaimed comedy central show inside amy schumer had another great example of wipe off on last week’s show. a fictional boy band serenades (sings to) amy. at the beginning of the song, they tell her she doesn’t need makeup (cosmetics) convincing her at :55 to wipe it off.

wipe off make up
amy schumer wiping off her makeup 

after seeing amy with no makeup, the boys backtrack (change their mind,return to a previous opinion) and recommend at 1:30

just get up an hour earlier and u can make yourself much girlier

make up can be used as a verb, but it’s more common to use the phrasal verb (and mexican albur) put on with makeup as the song does at 1:50. in this context, put on is the opposite of wipe off.
wipes to wipe withwipers that wipe

products for wiping: disinfecting wipes and windshield wipers 

do u know any other applications for wipe or wipe off? have u seen other amy schumer videos on youtube? which ones? share your perspectives under leave a reply





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