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Gurning - girning face contortionists

Updated on November 27, 2010

The word 'girning' dates back to the 12th Century. Gurning (sometimes spelled Girning) is usually practiced by the Girner putting his or her head through a horse collar and making a ridiculous face.

It is mostly popular in rural England, and probably any place that people have a lot of time on their hands and spare horse collars. It's believed that the sour faces were originally a result of eating crab apples, and the faces were so fun they were made into friendly competitions.

Well it's clearly lots of fun, and at events the winning gurner is chosen based on the amount of applause and cheering.

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Gurning

Female Gurner, Kath Taylor

Female Gurner, Kath Taylor
Female Gurner, Kath Taylor

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Ladies and gentlemen, do we have a winner?!? I think we do! Cumbria Directory's Gurning Page

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I had no idea there was a name for this and competitions too.

      It's perfect to lensroll to my Face Painting Artist - James Kuhn who does some weird facial contortions. I bet he would win a gurning contest.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @reasonablerobby: hehe ^^

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      reasonablerobby 8 years ago

      I look like this every morning!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hello there I like the Gurning video that actor tony hickson is now a cult underground stand up/story teller I saw him at the secret stand up gig and it was mental Kate moss was in the audience.