August 17, 2006

Definition: Epilation and Depilation

Put on your thinking caps. Sharpen your number 2 pencils. And eyes on your own paper. Think you know the meanings of "Epilation" and "Depilation"? I'm going to need definitions and a usage in a sentence. OK, show me what you got.

Epilation - clearly derived from the Mepro term Epilady introduced in the 1980s, means the act of removing the entire hair, including folical, from the skin. As in "Hey, those legs are silky smooth. Did you epilate recently?"

Depilation - clearly derived from the failed Mepro product Depilady introduced in the 1970s, means that act of severing hair above the surface of your skin. As in "Hey, those legs are silky smooth. Did you just depilate?"

Sources: Wikipedia, and some late-night drunken Googling.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at August 17, 2006 8:44 AM
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