My cousin Liz Mattingly (for you Yankee fans, her husband Dan is the former first baseman's cousin—imagine playing sandlot ball for your whole childhood with a kid who turns out to be Don Mattingly!) sent me a nifty Christmas card with some pictures stuffed inside. One shows the pony, chicken, goat and dog houses lined up behind their farmhouse. Another shows the whole clan arrayed on a couch, minus her daughter's husband.
The card explains: "Right—Brock's leg—Hannah's husband. He gooned so I cut him out."
He gooned. I like it.
Goon, v., to make gratuitous goofy faces or gestures ruining an otherwise perfectly good group photograph.
Anybody got any good examples of "gooning"?
P.S. There's a big difference between "gurning" (also spelled "girning") and gooning: gurning is making a funny face to be admired for it and, sometimes, to be photographed; "gooning" is goofing off or making faces to ruin a photograph. I don't think it can be considered the same thing.
Seth Glassman: "I was taking pictures of my daughter's jazz-rock band (she's the drummer!!) and this one kid would not keep a straight face. So I put a bug on his nose. The facial expression is purely his own, only the bug is added."
Featured Comment by Suzanne: "As a children's portrait photographer, the goon photos are essential!! I always save a few frames, and tell the kids to have at it. Give me the goofiest and gooniest faces they can muster, and usually, not always, I get more natural expressions once they've got the 'goonies' out."