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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-08-21 17:40
Subject: [poll] Stropping Occam's razor
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Poll #1043070 Shaven or shorn

Locks are shorn. Skin is shaven. Right?

Shaven skin.
49(76.6%)
Shorn skin.
1(1.6%)
Nair for me, bubba.
1(1.6%)
Can I have that with wasabi?
13(20.3%)
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User: ex_truepenn
Date: 2007-08-22 00:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:otter
Really, I mostly think of sheep as being shorn.
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Jon Hansen
User: jonhansen
Date: 2007-08-22 00:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
38,100 hits for "shaven skin".
949 hits for "shorn skin".

And the Google hivemind has spoken.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
Jay Lake: writing-Mainspring
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-08-22 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing-Mainspring
Guess what I'm working on... :p
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O'Mike aka  onyxhawke
User: onyxhawke
Date: 2007-08-22 01:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
An elaborate Shepard joke?
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Mister Eclectic: captain
User: howeird
Date: 2007-08-22 01:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:captain
Visualize the tools. Shaving is done with a razor. Shearing is done with scissors or electric shears. I'd say shaven or shaved would refer to skin, shorn or sheared would refer to large amounts of hair or fur.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-08-22 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually I was wrestling with verb forms (as in dreamed/dreamt; hanged/hung) more than hair management technology...
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Dan/Дмитрий
User: icedrake
Date: 2007-08-22 01:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"There's no feeling quite as exhilarating as a shorn scrotum. You should try it."
--Dr. Evil, The Spy Who Shagged Me (from memory, so forgive the inaccuracies)
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2007-08-22 01:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

It would also depend on how much hair/fur is left, I think.

I can be shorn and have some smaller amount of hair left. Shaved, and I have none. Shaved, with time passing, becomes stubble or short hair.




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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2007-08-22 01:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hair is cut, skin is allowed to grow a luxurious beard and mustache.
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When life gives you lemmings...: Ceci n'est pas Magritte
User: danjite
Date: 2007-08-22 02:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Ceci n'est pas Magritte
Shorn is the past tense of shear. If you shear skin, I believe you are removing it.

Icky.
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2007-08-22 02:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, that's flaying skin.
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When life gives you lemmings...: Authorial
User: danjite
Date: 2007-08-22 02:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Authorial
Well, I agree that flaying is the appropriate word to be used in that situation, if one apllies shearing to the noun skin, one still gets a mess.
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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2007-08-22 02:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Shorn skin sounds like it's been ravaged.
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hugh57
User: hugh57
Date: 2007-08-22 03:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually, I always thought skin was shaved, not shaven. The spell checker in Firefox seems to agree.
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dinogrl: I'll get you yet
User: dinogrl
Date: 2007-08-22 03:26 (UTC)
Subject: Warning: Earworm alert!
Keyword:I'll get you yet
"Shave and a haircut, two bits!"

Sorry, so sorry. She said sheepishly.
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kitsunealyc
User: kitsunealyc
Date: 2007-08-22 04:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In the House that Jack Built, I think the Priest that was woke all shaven and shorn had recently undergone a shave and a haircut (but if you ask why the maidens were all forlorn, I'd say the answer's in the question).
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2007-08-22 12:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
shaved, unless you're feeling pretentious. :-)

"freshly-shaven."

unless you get stubble like mine, in which case, the verb you're looking for is "mow."
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