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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Author: 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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