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Tuesday 12 January 2010

Face Fungus Funk

Daughters, if your father has facial hair, this is the song for you:

"La Moustache A Papa" - Anna Bell

Fathers, if your daughter has facial hair, this is the song for you:

"Eleven Moustachioed Daughters" - The Bonzo Dog Band

As so often with the French language, the gender of the definite or indefinite article appears to defy logic. Why is the word moustache feminine not masculine? Were Frenchwomen in olden days notable for having hirsute upper lips? Perhaps so. And perhaps we should praise the French for being so understanding of a feature that, in other less tolerant cultures, might have resulted in the unfortunate women in question being paraded as freaks.

In a sideshow, perhaps.

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