It is obvious everyone uses the word soap "puck" because many shaving soaps come shaped like a hockey puck.
Shaving Made Easy, a vintage book about shaving, used the word "cake" of shaving soap. This seemed curious to me because, again, everyone uses the word "puck" today on the forums. Now, none of the meanings of the word "puck" is consistent with how we use the word dictionary.reference.com/browse/puck
I tend to agree with you. It is a good point. It seems almost every relevant advert I found used the words 'shaving mug soap' and I was beginning to wonder if cake only referred to bar soap. But good old Williams came to the rescue.
I would prefer the term shaving cake as well.
Thnx for pointing it out. And us Canadians are serious about our hockey. But, cakes it is!
Last Edit: Oct 25, 2014 22:57:20 GMT -6 by RocketMan
I love discussions like this (and had a similar one about the phrase "steep learning curve").
Language is a growing living thing, and the meanings of words change with useage. For sure, the word puck originally has no connection with soap, but when I idiomatically use "puck" to describe a cake of soap everybody knows exactly what I mean. Therefore it is an accurate and effective communication, which is what language is all about.
In 20 years time the dictionary may very well include the useage of "puck" to describe a cake of soap, since it is such common useage.
A similar example is the use of the word "mouse" in connection with personal computers.
Post by norfolkdick on Oct 26, 2014 3:34:58 GMT -6
I strongly suspect that the word 'puck' to describe a cake of soap is just confined to us folk in the traditional shaving community; I suspect that the remainder of society (you know that other 99.5% of weirdos non believers) would not know what the word meant.
Bath soap, certainly in my part of the world has always been referred to as a bar rarely a tablet and even more rarely a cake, cake does seem to be a better name than bar for a round hard soap though.
Post by ShadowsDad on Oct 26, 2014 10:22:30 GMT -6
Mom always referred to bar soap as a cake. That doesn't mean everyone did or does though. So I refer to it as a cake once in awhile as well.
I actually think referring to hard shave soap as a cake makes sense, but that's not the way it's generally referred to in the shave community. If someone refers to it as a cake or puck, I'm comfortable either way, and I'll know what they refer to.
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