Reverse Sweeney Todd

January 26, 2012

Reverse Sweeney Todd

So I was just wondering why “pesticide” means “kills pests”, “fungicide” means “kills fungi” but “barbicide” means “stuff old barbershops store combs in.” Wikipedia, of course, has the answer:

According to Ben King, son of the inventor, Maurice named the solution Barbicide because “He hated barbers. Barbicide meant ‘to kill the barber’. It was his secret joke.”

“Until Mr. King died in 1988 of a heart attack while holding a winning poker hand, he loved to dance with every woman in attendance”