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 Sardanapa’lus.Sardon’ic Smile, Grin, or Laughter. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sardin’ian Laugh.
Laughing on the wrong side of one’s mouth. The Edinburgh Review says: “The ancient Sardinians used to get rid of their old relations by throwing them into deep pits, and the sufferers were expected to feel delighted at this attention to their well-being.” (July, 1849.)   1

 Sardanapa’lus.Sardon’ic Smile, Grin, or Laughter. 

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