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Improve English Vocabulary in Movember!

By Andrew


How to improve English vocabulary? Learn about a new topic! So what exactly is Movember?


November is now Movember in Britain and many other parts of the world and that M means moustache! So let’s get up to speed with the facial hair festivities and help you flaunt your top lip in style!

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of various cancers, such as prostate cancer. For more info check out


Ladies and gentlemen get ready, because it’s time for the facial hair top five!


Improve English Vocabulary: Facial Hair!

Number 5: The Five o’ Clock Shadow

The five o’clock shadow is the stubble that appears on a man’s face, typically in the late afternoon, if he shaved that same morning. A very short beard is also called a five o’clock shadow. A favourite look of Indiana Jones!


Improve English Vocabulary: Facial Hair!

Number 4: Muttonchops

Muttonchops are sideburns that resemble pieces of mutton growing out from under the ears, down to the jaw. Though this style is sure to be spotted in any Pride and Prejudice adaptation, the word didn’t come about until the mid-1800s, more than 30 years after Austen died. Also known as “beauties”.


Improve English Vocabulary: Facial Hair!

Number 3: The Handlebar Moustache

The handlebar moustache, often just called a handlebar, is marked by its long curved ends. Its resemblance to a bicycle handlebar gives it its name. Famous wearers include surrealist artist Salvador Dali, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured) and everyone’s favourite fictional Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.


Improve English Vocabulary: Facial Hair!

Number 2: The Goatee

Goatees first starting growing on human chins in the mid-19th century. This Americanism got its name from its likeness to the tuft of hair that grows from a goat’s chin.

Here is Brad Pitt proudly showing off a particularly goat-esque goatee.


And the winner is….


Improve English Vocabulary: Facial Hair!

Number 1: The Pencil Moustache

The pencil moustache has graced many famous faces from swashbuckling actor Errol Flynn to musician Little Richard to eccentric filmmaker John Waters. This ultra-thin moustache sits neatly above the upper lip and requires impeccable upkeep.



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