Posted by kathleen (elder) on August 13, 1997 at 07:17:00:
In reply to Re: Mr. Elliot: Underhung? An underbite, perhaps? posted by Claire on August 12, 1997 at 23:46:07
] ] ] So, we might say that Mr Elliot has an underbite -- which word, I find, is not in my Webster's!
] I believe it is still called underhung today, not underbite as when the upper teeth project beyond the normal and being referred as an overbite. It does sound strange, though.
Indeed, Claire, my Webster's would agree with you, since it didn't even include the word "underbite." My use of the word dates from my teen years when I wore braces to correct what we all called an underbite. (I imagine it was simply a quick way to distinguish my teeth problem from those with pronounced overbites.)
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