“Manscaping” On Course For Dictionary Inclusion

By Lynnie | January 15 2009 | 8 Comments


Earlier this week, on the publication of the latest edition of their Gem dictionary, Collins announced the list of words whose use they’ll be monitoring in 2009 to see if they merit inclusion in next year’s tome.

Predictably, most of the terms catch the current economic mood – “brickor mortis” (a difficult period in the building industry), “staycation” (holidaying at home, particularly when due to financial constraints), “recessionista” (someone whose second-hand, cheap, or subdued clothes are appropriate to the downturn), and “social notworking” (using social networking webites when you should be working) have all made the shortlist.

The one that caught my eye, however, was “manscaping”, which is being defined as the aesthetic grooming of a man’s bodily hair and which I first spotted on Waxpert’s bill of fare. Great word, but I think Collins are missing a trick not considering “lady garden”. That’s the lady hair down there, for anyone who hasn’t come across the phrase before, and is a personal favourite.

The campaign starts here…

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8 Replies to "“Manscaping” On Course For Dictionary Inclusion"

  • Glitterkitty says:

    right, how many of your average cailini that you know, WOULDN’T have mentioned paying attention to their ‘ladygarden’?

    how many out of the guys you know have hinted at a bit of ‘manscaping’?

    i don’t think there’s an issue here.. seriously, how many irish guys manscape?
    how many irish people use the word ‘manscape’ ??

  • sweetie1 says:

    Ya, love the ‘ladygarden’ phrase.

    Actually petrified today as I’m getting laser done on the bikini line – first session this evening!!

  • Lynnie says:

    Ooooh very good Sweetie! You won’t know yourself when that’s finished!

    Just try not to think of *that* scene from “Goldfinger”…

    James Bond laser


  • hockeysticks says:

    sweetie i got my upper lip done and i am so thrilled with it .. totally worth the money and the small amount of discomfort every 5-6 weeks .. you’ll see results straight away.

  • sweetie1 says:

    O Lynnie- I won’t ba able to think of anything else on that table now!! AAAHHHHH!

    I know it’l be worth it though, getting lower leg, underarm & bikini done. I’m an awful hairy molly, but hopefully I’ll be lovely & smooth in a couple of months. Actually noticed a difference from the patch test already!

  • Admin says:

    blatant sexism!

  • Townygirl says:

    I love that term, lady garden. lol

    i don’t think boyf would ever consider manscaping. he’s too busy clubbing dinasours and the like. i’ve never heard of it either come to think of it.

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