Battle of the Beards


(The title of this post to be pronounced a la Battle of the Planets.) It’s high time that I announce the winner of my beard idiom competition, which was run in support of Debra Hamel‘s Buy a Friend a Book Week. Well, the best beard idiom supplied in the comments has to be Freeven‘s ‘nibbling at the beard’. Thusly:

“Nibbling at the beard”

That is, to have arrived at a state of destitution (in condition, thought, action, etc.) due to attrition. (As in one who is so starved that his only sustenance is gotten from the crumbs that remain in his beard from meals long eaten.)

Example: Though his initial works were highly lauded, the film maker has been nibbling at the beard for some time.

Freeven gets a copy of my book, Déjà Vu, to nibble on. Meanwhile, I will attempt to use this phrase at least once in every one of my subsequent books, in order to increase its prevalence.

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Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

2 thoughts on “Battle of the Beards”

  1. I’m not absolutely certain, but I think yours was the strangest BAFAB contest…. But I’m glad it was a success. And I’m not just saying that to suck your beard.

    By the way, there was talk in your other post’s comments about the natural state of man and beards and so on. This is perhaps the appropriate place to lament that modern society seems to think chest hair (on men) unseemly, or unsexy. Has the world indeed gone mad?

  2. Thanks, Debra – I’ll treasure that accolade of strangest BAFAB contest! I think the jury is still out on hairy chests, isn’t it? But it gives me an idea for the next BAFAB contest…

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