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Five o'clock shadow

Posted by Lotg on October 14, 2004

In Reply to: Five o'clock shadow posted by David FG on October 14, 2004

: : : : In a message to my favorite down under correspondant I said I had a bad case of 'five o'clock shadow' since I got up and around so early this morning. I don't know if this phrase that means a growth of stubble that appears later on in the day is the product of US advertising or is part of the global lexicon. Do all of you who shave get this affliction?

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: : I know several men who do. I once shared a house with a man, a journalist, who had to take his electic shaver to work with him because his beard grew so abundantly. It was really something. I'm not sure whether the term is used in the UK or not.

: It is certainly used in the UK. I am not afflicted - not since I gave up shaving and grew a beard, anyway.

Yes it's a common term down here too. In fact, I always had a rule that I didn't go out with men incapable of 5 o'clock shadows. Only question is, why 5 o'clock? And do they mean 5am or 5pm?