This year I’ve signed up for Movember. The idea of is that you start the November clean shaven and then grow a moustache. And this is so mortifyingly embarrassing that people will sponsor you to do it. The money raised goes towards men’s health charities. I think it’s a good cause and worth doing.
I wore a moustache earlier this year until Dot finally put her foot down. Some good came of it though in that I learned that in Old English a moustache was known as a ‘granu’ or a ‘cenep’. It does seem odd that both these words have dropped by the way side and that we should use a French word as the only lexeme for what used to be a very stereotypical Anglophone characteristic. (I said ‘lexeme’ because if you count attempts at humour like ‘soup strainer’ ‘lip rug’ etc, then it’s not true that ‘moustache’ is the only expression in English for a moustache. We do need to bring back ‘cenep’ though).
p.s. The above link to the Movember site contains my real name. But that’s alright. The point of using our middle names was only to avoid Dot’s students finding this blog when the googled her and I think that’s still unlikely.