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The Cat and The Dog / Кошка с собакой
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crimeanelf From: crimeanelf Date: November 17th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
>In other words: "I'm doing horrible, my mom just died" is a perfectly valid answer.

Yes, but not always, right? Only if it is more important than the subject of the conversation (in case of you feeling horrible because your mom just died it is obviously so).


>I would say that humans in general (I'm sure Russians do it also) smile when they are trying to be friendly and (I'm sure Americans do it also) smile when they are feeling well

Again, I would say, that Russian have to be in EXTREME need to be friendly to express it with a smile. I guess it has to be an extraodrinary, not an everyday case. As for Americans, I have noticed, that when they are smiling because they feel well, they often also express themselves with words, as if to reduce disambiguation.
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