Posted by ESC on January 29, 2003
In Reply to: Flopsweat posted by Bruce Kahl on January 28, 2003
: : Hello, I was just wondering whether any one might know the definition and origin of the term "flopsweat". Thanks in advance for any information.
: Fear of being a flop?
: Sudden, nervous perspiration is called "flop sweat" in the acting profession.
: The apocrine sweat glands, nestled in with the hair follicles in your scalp, underarms, and groin, respond to the adrenaline that's produced when people get nervous or scared.
: This is a sweat that contains fatty oils that react with the bacteria on the skin's surface, generating a sour smell.
For a demonstration, see the movie "Broadcast News."