Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 13:16:53 -0500
From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU
Subject: Re: "beard"

At 01:07 PM 3/26/98 -0500, Mark Mandel wrote:
A usage new to me appears in today's _Wall Street Journal_, p.1, column 4.

"For many of these post-college spring revelers, golf is the beard -- that is,
ostensibly the main attraction, and a convenient excuse to spouses and
significant others left at home.

I've heard "beard" since the early 80's in the sense of a gay male's female
escort or wife. I.e., beard = something used as a disguise or "cover." For
example, I recalling hearing it used disparagingly of Elton John's wife when
he got married, briefly, in about 1986 if I recall.

Gregory {Greg} Downing, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]