May 9, 2007

Definition: Pogonology

clarkLane.jpgSo if you clicked over to LeisureGuy's book yesterday you might have noticed a strange word in the publisher's name - Pogonotomy. I have to admit that I had never heard of this word before, but given LeisureGuy's incredible vocabulary, I figured it must be something shaving-related. So I started googling around.

From LeisureGuy:

pogonotrophy (po-guh-NAW-truh-fee) noun
The growing of a beard.
[From Greek pogon (beard) + -trophy (nourishment, growth).]

And some variations:

Pogonic: of or pertaining to a beard
Pogonologist: a writer on beards
Pogonology: a treatise on beards
Pogonotomy: to cutting of the beard
Pogonotrophy: cultivation of the beard, beard growing

And pictured to the right is the somewhat scary Clark Lane from whose site those I found those variations. Click on through if you want to see Clark pogonotomize his beard. Warning. Clark is... well... he's got a quote on his site from Anna Julia Cooper which I think accurately sums up his look:

a great burly six feet of masculinity with ...sloping shoulders and unkempt beard

Err... well put Anna.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at May 9, 2007 8:57 AM
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