February 12, 2008

"How can somebody be removed from a job because of the size of his moustache?"

Asks the Supreme Court of India.
Victor Joynath De was grounded by Indian - formerly called Indian Airlines- in 2001 for refusing to shave off his handlebar moustache....

A moustache, if worn, should not extend beyond the upper lip, says the rule book...

The spokesman said that some passengers could be unnerved by such a striking facial feature.
Unnerved. I love that.

But really, doesn't there need to be some limit on moustachery when you're serving the general public?



That's not Mr. De. That's just the most extreme example of a moustache — or "mustache" — I was able to find on the internet in less than one minute. I'm just trying to prove my point that it would be not just unnerving but revolting to have a man with too much moustache serving you food.

"Mustache" is an amusing word. What is its etymology?
1585, from Fr. moustache, from It. mostaccio, from Medieval Gk. moustakion, dim. of Doric mystax (gen. mystakos) "upper lip, mustache," related to mastax "jaws, mouth," lit. "that with which one chews," from PIE base *mnto- "mouth" (see mouth). Borrowed earlier (1551) as mostacchi, from the It. word or its Sp. derivative mostacho. The plural form of this, mustachios, lingers in English. Dutch slang has a useful noun, de befborstel, to refer to the mustache specifically as a tool for stimulating the clitoris; probably from beffen "to stimulate the clitoris with the tongue."
Oh, come on now! That last sentence was uncalled for. I'm unnerved.

23 comments:

Bob said...

Don't ya love it when Althouse talks dirty? ;)

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, come on. Everyone's always clamoring for more law posts, and I give you one...

evansparks said...

Most airlines' crew rules limit pilots to upper-lip-only mustaches. It has to do with ensuring a snug fit for an oxygen mask in the event of an emergency.

The greater mystery is why airline pilot seems to be a mustache-friendly profession in the first place -- take a closer look next time you're at the airport!

Jennifer said...

Well, if the Dutch actually have a single word that means "to stimulate the clitoris with the tongue", they clearly are more evolved than we are. Team Dutch.

Mr. Forward said...
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Hoosier Daddy said...

Oh, come on now! That last sentence was uncalled for. I'm unnerved.

de befborstel is quite a 'mouthful'

No pun intended of course.

rhhardin said...

I assume this involves two people.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Well, if the Dutch actually have a single word that means "to stimulate the clitoris with the tongue", they clearly are more evolved than we are.

Well cunnilingus just has a lot of syllables and is arguably harder to pronounce than de befborstel. Then again, one shouldn't talk with thier mouth full anyway.

George said...

A lot of moustache wax there...

DaveW said...

...my point that it would be not just unnerving but revolting to have a man with too much moustache serving you food...

Heh.

Well, I wouldn't want to actually eat something with that around my mouth but it wouldn't bother me for him to serve me something.

Facial hair is a problem that way - that's one of the reasons I keep mine shaved.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Well, I wouldn't want to actually eat something with that around my mouth but it wouldn't bother me for him to serve me something.

Well I would insist on some kind of moustache net to keep stray whiskers from falling in my soup.

Doug said...

THis post brings back bad memories from my youth. When I was in high school, I was skiing with my brother and we ended sharing a lift ride up with your stereotypical late 70's/early 80's ski bum cheeseball. He had the feathered hair and a porn stache.

This idiot goes on to tell us that chicks dig his moustache because of the effect mentioned above.

Bissage said...

Hope he didn't call it his flavor saver.

SGT Ted said...

Mustache Rides 25¢

Hoosier Daddy said...

This idiot goes on to tell us that chicks dig his moustache because of the effect mentioned above.

Well that's interesting because I have gotten complaints in the past for chafing so I tend to be clean shaven. Aim to please and all that.

AllenS said...

How much of an effect can a mustache have on a beaver?

Hoosier Daddy said...

How much of an effect can a mustache have on a beaver?

Actually that reminds me of a bumber sticker I saw once. It said: Save a Tree. Eat a Beaver.

Freeman Hunt said...

If the man in that picture worked at a restaurant, I would eat there just to show people.

We must have lunch at such-and-such place. There is a waiter there with the most extraordinary mustache...

Freeman Hunt said...

Oh, and am I the only one who thinks he looks like Dennis Quaid?

Freeman Hunt said...

Or maybe Bill Paxton...

Iapetus said...

The BBC article is wrong when it says that according to airline rules all male flight/cabin crew members must be clean shaven. An exception is made for Sikhs.

theobromophile said...

Does he condition that thing? It looks a little... dry. Split-endy.

paul a'barge said...

Either we be beffen or we be boffin'.