Stubble refers to the remaining cut stalks in the ground after grain or hay has been mowed and gathered. It also refers to the regrowth of shaven hair, when it is short and has a rough, abrasive texture.
During the 1980s, facial stubble became a fashion trend for men.. This was also known as the "designer stubble" and was groomed, shaped, and maintained as a regular beard. Some "well known" "designer stubble wearers" were singer George Michael and actor Don Johnson. Companies such as Wahl and Philips manufactured special beard trimmers designed to maintain facial stubble.
The term five o'clock shadow refers to beard stubble that is visible late in the day, usually around 5 o'clock, on men who have shaved their faces that morning. The term can also refer to a visible stubble of underarm hair regrowth on men or women who shaved their armpits that morning. The term was popularized in the 1930s in the marketing department of the Gem Safety Razor Company. While dreaming up a new advertising campaign, they decided to try and convince previously unsuspecting men that they suffered from 'ugly, afternoon beard growth' and that this could only be countered by the purchase and use of 'Gem Micromatic Blades'. Needing a snappy name for this late-afternoon ailment, which would of course bar sufferers from any genteel 'five o'clock dinner', they chose to call it 'five o'clock shadow'.
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