Thursday, October 8, 2009

Facial Hair can be Funny, Especially this One

funny word of the day: goatee

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \gō-ˈtē\
Function: noun
Etymology: from its resemblance to the beard of a he-goat
Date: 1844
: a small pointed or tufted beard on a man's chin
— goa·teed \-ˈtēd\ adjective

Sported by many celebrities, athletes and hipsters, the goatee, for whatever reason, has come back into fashion of late. According to Wikipedia, the word probably originated from the tuft of hair seen on an adult goat. There are several different types of goatees, detailed below:

French Fork – a double pointed goatee
Musketeer – a small, pointed goatee with an English moustache (narrow, prominent), as worn by the French mousquetaires
Van Dyck – a thick goatee and moustache with upturned ends, as worn by the 17th century Flemish painter Sir Anthony van Dyck. In modern usage, a Van Dyck is often any moustache and goatee combination.

My talented husband, a copywriter, created a genius (if I must say so myself) iPhone app called UArt, which allows you to snap a picture of yourself or someone else, upload it and add any facial hair you'd like, then shave it. So, for example, you could put a beard on someone and shave it into a goatee, if you so desired. It's really fun and you can download it in the Apple iPhone app store.

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