Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Baldness Euphemisms

According to WordNet, a euphemism is "an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh."

Having grown up with a father who is classified as bald, I am familiar with the politically correct euphemisms 'follicularly challenged' and 'acquired uncombable hair'. I just, however, came across a euphemism for baldness that I had never heard before and is perfect for my dear dad.

In last week's episode of the television show Psych, Shawn's new girlfriend, upon meeting his balding father, says:

"You're not bald, you're just taller than your hair."

This euphemism is perfect for my dad because he is tall (6'4") and, though he may have a lack of hair on his head, he certainly has never been short on the qualities that make him a wonderful, sensitive, and caring father.


Stan said...

That may be the best baldness euphemism I've ever heard.

ColinHartUK said...

I know I'm late to this particular party (about two years late) but it's actually a quote from the Roman philosopher Seneca. See here:

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