January 06, 2007

Gras Bilong Fes

Owen wants to know: does any married man grow a beard except when his wife is out of town?

It has been about twenty years since my wee wifey has been away long enough for me to raise any more than stubble. It has only been about twelve years since I stoped shaving my beard off in the spring. Depending on how one counts, one could thus assert that I've grown several beards, altho all on the same face and all trimmed similarly, while she's been at home.

In the comments, Wendy notes that Owen had grown a beard in anticipation of moving to Wisconsin and needing it to keep his face warm. I have in fact proved to my satisfaction that a beard does keep my face warm, not only thru my former practice of shaving it off before the last chill, but also thru the use of thermal imaging equipment to measure the amount of heat given off by various portions of my face.

As for the post title, it means beard in the Tok Pidgin used in Papua New Guinea according to the book The Meaning Of Tingo. I took it out of the library hoping to find a word for the day or two, but there are just too many to choose from.


The word for the day is Pogonotrophy.

Posted by triticale at January 6, 2007 12:48 PM | TrackBack

"Grass belong [on] face"? That's priceless.

Posted by: CGHill at January 7, 2007 12:25 PM
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