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A.Word.A.Day--pilgarlic

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This week's theme: Hair today, gone tomorrow.

pilgarlic (pil-GAHR-lik) noun

A bald-headed person.

[Literally peeled garlic, from pill (to peel) + garlic.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Moving from pogonotrophy to pilgarlics, many politicians perceive that the voters won't go for a bald-headed candidate, according to John T. Capps III of (where else?) Morehead City, N.C., president and founder of Bald-Headed Men of America. Capps believes there is a cover-up in Washington where he suspects that many members of Congress are wearing rugs.
"In these circles, a word like pilgarlic can come in handy. Besides being a real word in the dictionary that means a bald-headed man, pilgarlic is to bald as statesman is to political hack."
Irving Long; Historic Roots The Hairiest of Political Cover-ups; Newsday (New York); Mar 12, 1995.

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