A bald-headed man, a man looked upon with humorous contempt or mock pity.


This fun adjective was first recorded in the early 1500’s and is very rarely used. If you think it resemble peel and garlic way too much, you are correct as these two are the very origins to this word. Although the comparison between a bald-man’s head to a peeled garlic head is a comfortable comparison to make, it is not enough to explain the mockery within this one. This term was very popular in the 17th century when it referred to men going bald following an attack of the pox disease; the connection to venereal disease was later on declined, but the contemptuous meaning remained nonetheless.

Why this word?

Personally, I am hot a huge fan of mock words, not at all, but I do understand that these are forever to be used… As such, mock words too deserve interesting synonyms in our list.

How to use pilgarlic?

Being a very unused word in a world of venereal vaccines, pilgarlic is not an easy one to use; this is the reason for which I found its place within the slang category rather than the adjectives category.

I use pilgarlic to describe people who suffer the world’s misconducts for no particular reason, people whose lives’ moving force is any force but luck. For the natural reasons, pilgarlic cannot be used to describe a woman.

Wow… David broke his leg a month ago, fired two weeks ago and all this to have a piano crash on his toe yesterday… What a poor pilgarlic!”

You can also use pilgarlic to simply describe a bald headed man. “I will not date David, I’m only attracted to pilgarlics!” Or the other way around- “I can’t date David, he’s pilgarlic…”

You can also use it referring to yourself: “Pilgarlic at 26… At least my dad no longer says I only inherited his good genes!” or after a sequence of bad lack: “I can feel nothing but pity for myself, poor pilgarlic…”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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