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Wednesday, October 25, 2021

Office hallway chatter is lately becoming a source of blog raw material for me. Here’s a fresh one from mere moments ago:

A guy who usually sports a goatee came into the office today with all his whiskers shaved off. One of his colleagues saw this, blinked, and she said:

Your face is bald.

Interesting choice of descriptor. Technically, it’s correct — when you remove hair from skin, the result is baldness. It’s usually applied just to the top of the head, but why shouldn’t it be appropriate elsewhere?

That said, whenever I shave off my usually-ominpresent goatee — and it’s been a long while now — I’ve always been told my face looks “naked”. I’m guessing that, because my hair is thin on top, people avoid using the “b” word on me (even though I’m not at all sensitive about it; it’s not like I’m not in on the secret, folks).

Probably because of this semantic subtlety, I think I prefer “naked” over “bald”. Also probably because it sounds dirtier.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/25/2006 10:56:35 AM
Category: Fashion, Wordsmithing
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