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cleanshavenness

compounding; derivation; noun
the state of not having facial hair
 
Cleanshavenness comes from the compounding of clean and shaven and derivation by adding -ness to make the word and noun. The term is used to describe the state of not having facial hair. There is metaphor between the idea of clean and not having facial hair because of the connection between clean being the lack of clutter. In this case, the clutter is the facial hair. The shave part describes how the clean came to be. Ness makes the word a noun. The term is used as the state of a face lacking facial hair. The speaker coined the term to describe his appearance after shaving his beard completely off. His new look seemed make him feel that he needed a new word to describe it.
Etymology : Clean- From Old English claene meaning clean or pure Shaven- from Old English scaefa which was the tool for shaving. This then probably went through metonymy to mean the shaving itself instead of just the tool. Ness- noun forming suffix
Source : “His cleanshavenness surprises me- he almost always has a beard” (friend 10/2008)
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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