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    Question 'sideboards' in BrE?

    Hi there,
    Do British speakers use the word 'sideboards' or 'sideburns'?

    May I have some collocations please, when one goes to a barber's? I need the adjectives we might use at a barber's to show how we'd like it cut.



    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: 'sideboards' in BrE?

    Like most British speakers I say sideboards.

    I googled English phrases at the barber's and found this for you.

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    Default Re: 'sideboards' in BrE?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Like most British speakers I say sideboards.

    I googled English phrases at the barber's and found this for you.

    Rover
    Really, sideboards? I've only ever used that when refering to a piece of furniture. Everyone I know says sideburns. It must be a regional thing.

    I've also never heard of 'grade 1...2...3', where I come from, we say, 'Number 1....Number 2...' etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shroob View Post
    Really, sideboards? I've only ever used that when refering to a piece of furniture.
    Until I went to university, and met northerners for the first time in my life, I had heard only 'sideboards'.

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    Default Re: 'sideboards' in BrE?

    It might be a generation difference, I've always known them as sideboards too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It might be a generation difference, I've always known them as sideboards too.
    That's a thought. I am over 60; how about you, shroob?

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    Default Re: 'sideboards' in BrE?

    Well, I've lived in Sheffield (in the north of England for people who don't know) all my life so haven't heard anything other than 'sideburns' for the bit of hair near your ears. My parents and grandparents call them sideburns also. I'd put it down to being a north/south divide difference.

    Though if you came up here and asked for your sideboards trimming, you'd be met with a few strange looks. Just as I would if I went down south and asked for my sideburns trimming....

    I'm 22.
    Last edited by shroob; 08-Aug-2011 at 09:17. Reason: Showing my immaturity.

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    Default Re: 'sideboards' in BrE?

    As a northerner in my home country I have lived for nearly 15 years down south in England and only ever heard the expression 'sideburns'. Before reading this thread I would have considered anybody who referred to sideburns as sideboards to be two chairs short of a dining room. But it only shows that one can learn something new every day no matter how hard one tries not to. Actually, I couldn't care less whether these hairy bits are called sideburns or sideboards, and you can take this as a bold statement by a bald man.

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    I'm a southerner born and bred and in my early 40s, and I've only ever called or heard them called sideburns. To me, sideboards are pieces of furniture.

    The grades of closeness of shave are "Number 1, 2, 3..." to me too.

    Phrases for the hairdressers/barbers:

    Trim
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    Spiral perm
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    Default Re: 'sideboards' in BrE?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It might be a generation difference, I've always known them as sideboards too.
    I say sideboards- I thought sideburns was old-fashioned- Flashman had sideburns.

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