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Joseph Stalin, one of the most famous historical figures with a moustache
For the Swedish heavy metal band, see Mustasch.

A moustache (or mustache) is facial hair grown on the upper lip. Often the term implies that the wearer grows only upper-lip hair while shaving the hair on his chin and cheeks. Growth of all facial hair would constitute a beard. ImageMetadata File history File links Stalin1. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Stalin1. ... Josef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (Georgian: , Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jughashvili; Russian: , Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili) (December 18 [O.S. December 6] 1878[1] – March 5, 1953), better known by his adopted name, Joseph Stalin (alternatively transliterated Josef Stalin), was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Unions Central Committee from... Mustasch in Gothenburg on November 10, 2006 Mustasch is a heavy metal band, founded in fall 1998 by Ralf Gyllenhammar, Hannes Hanssson, Mats Hanssson and Mats Johansson on the Mustasch farm on the island Orust in Sweden. ... One kind of modern beard. ... For other uses, see Lip (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Beard (disambiguation). ...

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Etymology

The word Moustache comes to the English language via the Middle French Moustache which in turn is derived from the Old Italian Mustacchio which originates from the Middle Greek Moustaki, a diminutive of Greek mystak-, mystax upper lip, mustache.[1] Middle French (French: ) is a historical division of the French language which covers the period from (roughly) 1340 to 1611 [1]. It is a period of transition during which: the French language becomes clearly distinguished from the other competing Oïl languages which are sometimes subsumed within the concept of... Medieval Greek (Μεσαιωνική Ελληνική) is a linguistic term that describes the fourth period in the history of the Greek language. ... A diminutive is a formation of a word used to convey a slight degree of the root meaning, smallness of the object or quality named, encapsulation, intimacy, or endearment. ...


Vernacular names

Some common abbreviations for the moustache are stache, tache, tash, and mo.


There are numerous slang terms for the moustache mostly reflecting its resemblance to a variety of animals, its tendency to retain food and drink or its association with sexual activity, for example nose neighbor, Lady Tickler, trash stash, fanny duster, nose bug and mobile tea strainer.


History

Horseman, Pazyryk felt artifact, ca. 300 BC. horseman with wonsal style moustache and partially shaved head
Horseman, Pazyryk felt artifact, ca. 300 BC. horseman with wonsal style moustache and partially shaved head
General Lew Wallace wore a full moustache and long goatee.
General Lew Wallace wore a full moustache and long goatee.

Shaving with stone razors was technologically possible from Neolithic times but the oldest portrait showing a shaved man with a mustache is a Scythian horseman from 300 BC. Download high resolution version (480x640, 148 KB)Pazyrik horseman. ... Download high resolution version (480x640, 148 KB)Pazyrik horseman. ... Horseman, Pazyryk felt artifact, c. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (532x839, 94 KB) Nietzsche by Walter Kaufmann The Fourth Edition ISBN 0-691-01983-5 Princeton Paperbacks Friedrich Nietzsche 1882 One of five photographies by photographer Gustav Schultze, Naumburg, taken early September 1882. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (532x839, 94 KB) Nietzsche by Walter Kaufmann The Fourth Edition ISBN 0-691-01983-5 Princeton Paperbacks Friedrich Nietzsche 1882 One of five photographies by photographer Gustav Schultze, Naumburg, taken early September 1882. ... Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) (IPA: ) was a nineteenth-century German philosopher and philologist. ... Download high resolution version (750x1000, 102 KB)Gen. ... Download high resolution version (750x1000, 102 KB)Gen. ... Lewis Lew Wallace (April 10, 1827 – February 15, 1905) was a lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, American statesman, and author, best remembered for his historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. ... Scythia was an area in Eurasia inhabited in ancient times by an Indo-Aryans known as the Scythians. ...


In more modern history, moustaches have been worn by military men. The number of nations, regiments and ranks were equalled only by the number of styles and variations. Generally, the younger men and lower ranks wore the smaller and less elaborate moustaches. As a man advanced in rank, his moustache would become thicker and bushier, until he was permitted to wear a full beard. British regiment A regiment is a military unit, consisting of a variable number of battalions - commanded by a colonel. ... This article is about the use of the term rank. ...


In Western cultures women generally avoid the growth of facial hair; though many are capable, the majority of these women would use some form of depilation to remove it. However there are some women who choose to embrace this growth, often in the form of thin moustaches. The artist Frida Kahlo famously depicted herself with both a moustache and a unibrow. This tradition is followed by some contemporary women in the arts.[2][3][4] Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. ... A unibrow or monobrow, medically known as a synophrys, refers to a confluence of eyebrows; i. ...


An English moustache was formerly used in melodramas, movies and comic books as a shorthand indication of villainy. Snidely Whiplash, for example, was characterized by his moustache and his cape. Poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Bad guy redirects here. ... Snidely Whiplash Snidely Whiplash is the cartoon villain who is archnemesis to Dudley Do-Right in the tongue-in-cheek series The Dudley Do-Right Show by American animation pioneer Jay Ward. ... For other uses, see Cape (disambiguation). ...


In male adolescence

The moustache forms its own stage in the development of facial hair in adolescent males.[5] Facial hair in males normally appears in a specific order during puberty: One kind of modern beard. ... Teen redirects here. ... Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ...

  • The first facial hair to appear tends to grow at the corners of the upper lip,
  • It then spreads to form a moustache over the entire upper lip,
  • This is followed by the appearance of hair on the upper part of the cheeks, and the area under the lower lip,
  • It eventually spreads to the sides and lower border of the chin, and the rest of the lower face to form a full beard.

As with most human biological processes, this specific order may vary among some individuals depending on one's genetic heritage and although less prominent, one's environment which can also play a role in development.[citation needed]


Care

Most men with a normal or strong beard tend it daily, by shaving the hair of the chin and cheeks, to prevent it from becoming a full beard. A variety of tools have been developed for the care moustachees, including moustache wax, moustache nets (snoods), moustache brushes, moustache combs and moustache scissors. For other uses, see Beard (disambiguation). ... This article is about the use of a razor. ... This article is about the part of the face. ... The word cheek can mean several things. ... For other uses, see Beard (disambiguation). ... Moustache wax is a pomade applied to a moustache as a grooming aid to hold the hairs in place. ... Snood can refer to: Look up Snood in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Brush (disambiguation). ... A comb A comb for people with hair loss. ... For other uses, see Scissors (disambiguation). ...


Styles

At The World Beard & Moustache Championships 2007 there were 6 subcategories in the moustache category:[6]

  • Natural – Moustache may be styled but without aids. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip. No aids are allowed.
  • Hungarian – Big and bushy, beginning from the middle of the upper lip and pulled to the side. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip. Aids are allowed.
  • Dalí – narrow, long points bent or curved steeply upward; areas past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. Artificial styling aids needed. Named after Salvador Dalí who was known to sport such a style in his later days.
  • English – narrow, beginning at the middle of the upper lip the whiskers are very long and pulled to the side, slightly curled; the ends are pointed slightly upward; areas past the corner of the mouth usually shaved. Artificial styling may be needed.
  • Imperial – whiskers growing from both the upper lip and cheeks, curled upward (distinct from the royale, or impériale)
  • Freestyle – All moustaches that do not match other classes. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip. Aids are allowed.

Other types of moustache include: Salvador Dalí as photographed in 1934 by Carl Van Vechten Salvador Felip Jacint Dalí Domènech (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989) was an important Catalan-Spanish painter, best known for his surrealist works. ... Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), was a Spanish surrealist painter of Catalan descent born in Figueres, Catalonia (Spain). ... The English moustache is a moustache style that is narrow, beginning at the middle of the upper lip the whiskers are very long and pulled to the side, slightly curled; the ends are pointed slightly upward; areas past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. ... A traditional goatee, notice the mustache par does not touch A goatee is a beard formed by a tuft of hair on the chin and a moustache around the upper lip. ...

  • Fu Manchu – long, downward pointing ends, generally beyond the chin;
  • 'Pancho Villa' moustache – similar to the Fu Manchu but thicker; also known as a "droopy moustache", generally much more so than that normally worn by the historical Pancho Villa.
  • Handlebar – bushy, with small upward pointing ends. See baseball pitcher Rollie Fingers. Also known as a "spaghetti moustache", because of its stereotypical association with Italian men.
  • Horseshoe – Often confused with the Fu Manchu style, the horseshoe was possibly popularized by modern cowboys and consists of a full moustache with vertical extensions from the corners of the lips down to the jawline and resembling an upside-down horseshoe.
  • Taylor moustache – a thin row of fine dark hairs along the upper lip. Sometimes known as the Lilibrow.
  • Pencil moustache – narrow, straight and thin like a pencil, closely clipped, outlining the upper lip, with a wide shaven gap between the nose and moustache. Also known as a Mouthbrow, worn by John Waters.
  • Toothbrush – thick, but shaved except for about an inch (2.5 cm) in the center; associated with Adolf Hitler, Charlie Chaplin and Robert Mugabe.
  • Walrus – bushy, hanging down over the lips, often entirely covering the mouth. Worn by Wilford Brimley
  • The GG – bushy hair grown only over the corners of the mouth, shaved in the middle. Named after musician and performing artist GG Allin, the most well-known wearer of the style. It is a shortened version of the one worn by Ghengis Khan.
  • The 'Chops' – similar to the horseshoe, varying from somewhat thin to somewhat bushy, with a more pronounced open-bottomed-square shape. This style is often seen on characterizations of police and highway patrolmen.

Fu Manchu, with eponymous moustache, actor Nicolas Cage. ... For the Filipino boxer, see Francisco Guilledo. ... Example of a handlebar moustache (Lord Kitchener) An American man with a white handlebar moustache Albrecht von Roon George V of the United Kingdom A handlebar moustache is a moustache with particularly lengthy, often graspable, extremities. ... Roland Fingers giving his trademark handlebar moustache a twirl. ... The classic vision of the American cowboy, as portrayed by Frederic Remington A cowboy (Spanish vaquero) tends cattle and horses on cattle ranches in North and South America. ... For other uses, see Horseshoe (disambiguation). ... This article is about the handwriting instrument. ... John Waters (born April 22, 1946) is an American filmmaker, writer, personality, visual artist and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. ... Chaplin (left) sporting his trademark moustache A toothbrush moustache is a bushy moustache, shaved at the edges, except for three to five centimetres above the centre of the lip. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Charles Chaplin redirects here. ... Mugabe redirects here. ... Friedrich Nietzsche had a very distinctive walrus moustache. ... Allen Wilford Brimley (born September 27, 1934) is an American actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Genghis Khan (Mongolian: Чингис Хаан, Jenghis Khan, Jinghis Khan, Chinghiz Khan, Jinghiz Khan, Chinggis Khan, Changaiz Khan, original name Temüjin, Temuchin, Mongolian: Тэмүүжин) (c. ...

Growing competitions

Etching of Grutte Pier with a walrus-moustache
Etching of Grutte Pier with a walrus-moustache

In North America and the UK, many groups of men (co-workers, friends, and students) sometimes partake in moustache growing competitions. The ultimate goal is to grow the most full and well-groomed moustache in the least amount of time, or over a fixed period. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


In more serious competitions, the moustaches are seen as a symbol of male virility and the winner is usually seen as the most manly of the competitors. Some competitions are run as charity fund-raising events, with participants being sponsored for their moustache-growing and the money raised being donated to a selected cause. The rules for such competitions vary, but often include "forfeits" (eg donation-matching) for competitors who shave off their moustaches before the end of the competition.

  • "Movember" is a charity event held each year in November. It aims to promote and raise awareness of Men's Health issues, notably prostate cancer.[7]
  • World Beard and Moustache Championships, international biennial competition.

In the early 1970s, Major League Baseball players seldom, if ever, wore facial hair. The practice had been widespread in the 19th Century, but by the early 20th Century it was rare for a player to sport a mustache or beard. As detailed in the book Mustache Gang, Oakland Athletics' eccentric owner Charlie Finley decided to hold a mustache-growing contest within his team. When the A's faced the Cincinnati Reds, whose team rules forbade facial hair, in the 1972 World Series, facial hair was still sufficiently unusual in baseball that the Series was dubbed by media as "The hairs vs. the squares". Thanks in part to the on-field success of the A's in the early 1970s, along with changing fashions, facial hair has again become very common among baseball players in the intervening years. Movember is an annual, month-long November charity event involving the growing of moustaches. ... The World Beard and Moustache Championships is a biennial competition in which men with beards and moustaches display lengthy, highly-styled facial hair. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... For other uses, see Cincinnati Reds (disambiguation). ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


Notable examples

In some cases, the moustaches are so prominently identified with a single individual that it could be identified with them without any further identifying traits, such as in the case of Adolf Hitler or Friedrich Nietzsche. In some cases, such as with Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin, the moustache in question was not even real for most of their lives. Hitler redirects here. ... Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) (IPA: ) was a nineteenth-century German philosopher and philologist. ... Groucho redirects here. ... Charles Chaplin redirects here. ...

Frank Zappa in concert with his trademark moustache.
Frank Zappa in concert with his trademark moustache.

The American composer and musician Frank Zappa is also very closely associated with his trademark imperial moustache. Zappa became so identifiable by his moustache that after his death its image was actually copyrighted by the Zappa Family Trust. Image File history File links Zappa. ... Image File history File links Zappa. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ...


Other famous and praised musicians famous for sporting moustaches at some time include George Harrison, Dennis DeYoung, Steve Perry, Freddie Mercury, John Oates, Chuck Panozzo, and James Young (JY). For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... — Dennis DeYoung (born February 18, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx, a tenure which lasted from 1962 to 1999. ... The name Steve Perry might refer to any of the following: Steve Perry (musician), the former lead singer of the band Journey. ... -1... -1... Chuck Panozzo is a bass player. ... James Youngs gravestone in Inverkip (photo by Thomas Nugent) James Young (13 July 1811–May 13, 1883), a Scottish chemist, was born in Glasgow, the son of a joiner and carpenter. ...


The longest recorded moustache belongs to Bajansinh Juwansinh Gurjar of Ahmedabad, India. It had not been cut for 22 years and was 12 feet 6 inches long in 2004.[8] , Ahmedabad (Gujarati: , Hindi: अहमदाबाद ) is the largest city in the state of Gujarat and the seventh-largest urban agglomeration in India, with a population of 56 lakhs (5. ...


U.S. Air Force ace Robin Olds became celebrated for a flowing handlebar moustache he grew while commanding the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing "Wolfpack" during the Vietnam War, and when forced to shave it by his superior became the source of an Air Force tradition known as "Moustache March".[9] Robin Olds (July 14, 1922 – June 14, 2007) was an American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force. ...


Another famous moustache is the one of former Gonzaga basketball player and current Charlotte Bobcat Adam Morrison. He is actually nicknamed The Stache for it. Adam John Morrison (born July 19, 1984, in Glendive, Montana) is an American professional basketball player with the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association. ...


Billionaire-aviator Howard Hughes was known for his iconic pencil moustache, which he grew after a 1946 plane crash. For the Welsh murderer, see Howard Hughes (murderer). ...


John L. Sullivan, the last bare knuckle heavyweight boxing champion and first gloved boxing heavyweight champion, was well known for sporting a handlebar mustache. Many iconic photos and paintings of Sullivan feature him with a handlebar mustache. For the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, see John L. Sullivan (U.S. Navy). ...


In art and fiction

Duchamp's parody of the Mona Lisa adds a goatee and moustache.
Duchamp's parody of the Mona Lisa adds a goatee and moustache.

Moustaches have long been used by artists to make characters distinctive as with Snidely Whiplash and Dick Dastardly, the video game character Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog villain Dr. Robotnik, and Agatha Christie's fictional detective Hercule Poirot. They have also been used to make a social or political point as with Marcel Duchamp's parody of the Mona Lisa which adds a goatee and moustache or the moustachioed self portraits of Frida Kahlo. At least one fictional moustache has been so notable that a whole style has been named after it, the Fu Manchu moustache. However, the most notable moustache in art, and history for that matter, belonged to Salvador Dalí. He dedicated paintings to it, and even published a book of just his moustache.[citation needed] This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Marcel Duchamp (pronounced ) (July 28, 1887 – October 2, 1968) was a French artist (he became an American citizen in 1955) whose work and ideas had considerable influence on the development of post-World War II Western art, and whose advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the... For other uses, see Mona Lisa (disambiguation). ... A traditional goatee, notice the mustache par does not touch A goatee is a beard formed by a tuft of hair on the chin and a moustache around the upper lip. ... Snidely Whiplash Snidely Whiplash is the cartoon villain who is archnemesis to Dudley Do-Right in the tongue-in-cheek series The Dudley Do-Right Show by American animation pioneer Jay Ward. ... Dick Dastardly, as he appeared in Wacky Races. ... Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and the official mascot of Nintendo. ... The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring and named after its mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. ... Dr. Eggman as seen on Sonic X. In Sonic the Hedgehog video games, Doctor Eggman (in modern-day and Japanese versions), or Doctor Ivo Robotnik (early United States and European versions), is the archnemesis of Sonic the Hedgehog. ... Poirot redirects here. ... Marcel Duchamp (pronounced ) (July 28, 1887 – October 2, 1968) was a French artist (he became an American citizen in 1955) whose work and ideas had considerable influence on the development of post-World War II Western art, and whose advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the... For other uses, see Mona Lisa (disambiguation). ... Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. ... Fu Manchu, with eponymous moustache, actor Nicolas Cage. ... Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), was a Spanish surrealist painter of Catalan descent born in Figueres, Catalonia (Spain). ...


In Sport

The Liverpool sides of the late 1970s to late 1980s were famously notable for numbers of moustachio players, notably Mark Lawrenson, Graham Souness, Bruce Grobelaar, Terry McDermott and Ian Rush. Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born Preston, Lancashire, June 2, 1957) is a former professional football player, a defender in the Liverpool and Irish football teams of the 1980s; he has since become a radio, television and internet pundit for the BBC. Despite being born in England, he played for the Republic... Bruce David Grobbelaar (born October 6, 1957 in Durban, South Africa) was a football goalkeeper for Zimbabwe and a number of clubs, most notably Liverpool F.C. // Early years In his teenage years, Grobbelaar was a talented cricketer and was offered a baseball scholarship in the United States, but a... Terry McDermott (born December 8, 1951 in Kirkby, Merseyside) was a talented football midfielder in the great Liverpool side of the 1970s and 1980s. ... Ian James Rush MBE (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh footballer who played as a striker and is best known for playing with Liverpool. ...


See also

For other uses, see Beard (disambiguation). ... A traditional goatee, notice the mustache par does not touch A goatee is a beard formed by a tuft of hair on the chin and a moustache around the upper lip. ... Sideburns (or colloquially sideboards[1] or mutton chops[2]) are patches of facial hair on the sides of a mans face, in front of the ears. ... There are several kinds of whisker: Look up whisker in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The bearded woman has been a phenomenon of legend, curiosity, ridicule, and more recently, political statement and fashion statement. ... . ...

Gallery

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References

  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online - Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary
  2. ^ Matheson, W (2005-12-12). Let us now praise famous mustaches. USA TODAY.
  3. ^ Hoggard, L (2003-11-02). Who says women can't be sexy with a five o'clock shadow?. The Observer.
  4. ^ Adrenal virilism. HealthAtoZ.com.
  5. ^ Adolescent Reproductive Health (PDF). UNESCO Regional Training Seminar on guidance and Counselling (2002-06-01).
  6. ^ The World Beard & Moustache Championships
  7. ^ Official Movember website. Retrieved on 2008-05-06.
  8. ^ Longest moustache ever in the world. The longest list of the longest stuff at the longest domain name.
  9. ^ Byrne, Stacy (2007-03-30). The facial hair protest is an Air Force tradition. Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.

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