In the King James English translation of the Bible (completed in 1611),
1 Corinthians 11:15 reads:
“But if a woman have (has) long hair,
it is a glory to her:
for her hair is given her for a covering.”
Martin Luther, the 16th century German theologian
whose works sparked the Protestant Reformation
is credited with saying:
“The hair is the riches ornament of women”
Ancient writings and Renaissance thinkers alike,
praise a woman’s hair as a wondrous asset:
a thing of “glory” an “ornament”.
Well, that was then and this is now.
Many modern women have embraced short hair styles
as a liberating symbol, a signature look for self expression.
Yet, there is short, shorter still and the scalp revealing
The skivvy (referencing to the word skin in sentiment / spelling)
It has been part of my colloquial vocabulary for quite some time.
Unable to refer to a women’s extremely short hair cut as a “buzz cut”,
(I suppose because this term conjured up images of military indoctrination for
male recruits), I invented the word ‘skivvy’ as pet name
for my own to – skin hairstyle, which I once sported.
The word sounded playful and fun,
in keeping with how I regarded my own hair style.
The term stuck and I have used it ever since.
Skivvy … maybe it will spread further afield and gain wide usage.
Or maybe ‘the skivvy’ will simply remain my own.
And the word is
skiv’vy (adj. or n.)
Pronounced: skee (long e) / ve (long e)
1. as an adjective: to describe a woman’s extremely short hair cut
2. as a noun: to name a woman’s extremely short hair cut
Synonym: buzz cut (a men’s hair styling)
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