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A follicular challenge

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Topic: 9) A follicular challenge (1 of 7), Read 156 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 10:01 AM

Karen Ries, of Copenhagen, Denmark, writes: "Is there a word to describe the last few strands of hair on some balding men that are grown out and combed over to cover a bald spot?"

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Topic: 9) A follicular challenge (2 of 7), Read 153 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Jonathan Mussett (swimdawg_7@hotmail.com)
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 10:18 PM

toupeephobia or cranial denial

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Topic: 9) A follicular challenge (4 of 7), Read 96 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Donald L. Anderson (don.anderson@state.me.us)
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 1999 04:02 PM


How about "baldair?"

Wispy-hair that attempts to cover over the bald spot. More air than hair.

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Topic: 9) A follicular challenge (5 of 7), Read 134 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Friday, April 16, 1999 03:05 PM

a suggested neologism: pseudopilification

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Topic: 9) A follicular challenge (6 of 7), Read 78 times
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From: Christi Brockway (cbrockway@laphil.org)
Date: Thursday, April 29, 1999 08:11 PM

Homer Simpson, on whom one can count for so much wisdom, once shared with wife Marge that the three hairs on his nearly bald yellow head were almost long enough to achieve a "comb-over." Simple enough.

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Topic: 9) A follicular challenge (7 of 7), Read 63 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Aaron Reneker (zanazarius@yahoo.com)
Date: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 06:24 PM

My late, but still much loved (and missed) grandfather used to call his morning ritual of combing the last few strands of hair over his rapidly-balding pate "optimism." My grandpa was a Yankee and prejudiced as a KKK member, but he was wise about some things.

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Topic: The Sheriff is responsible (1 of 3), Read 73 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Rikard Anglerud (r.anglerud@ic.ac.uk)
Date: Friday, April 30, 1999 09:38 PM

I'd like to suggest that the hairs combined
form a "Robin-hood". Taking from the rich,
and giving to the poor.

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Topic: The Sheriff is responsible (2 of 3), Read 56 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Aaron Reneker (zanazarius@yahoo.com)
Date: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 06:27 PM

Cute! So I guess we could call a member of the Catholic clergy who is replacing the hem of his shirt into the top of his pants a "Friar Tuck?"

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Topic: The Sheriff is responsible (3 of 3), Read 55 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, May 05, 1999 03:10 PM

I don't even want to think about where this could go with "Little John"....


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