[DWJ] offtopic dialect question

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Sun Feb 26 14:18:52 EST 2006


Gili asked...
>
> When reading a description of a "girl in pigtails", what do you imagine?
> Plaits/braids, or unbraided bunches (ponytails)? And what part of the
> English-speaking world are you from?

"Pigtails", to me, is the hair worn in two plaits, usually starting a little 
behind the ears and hanging down in front of the shoulders.  I'm from 
Ireland.

I can see why the google image search is confusing you!  This picture 
http://images.google.ie/imgres?imgurl=http://www.desmoinesbroadcasting.com/krnt/early-krnt/girl-pigtails.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.desmoinesbroadcasting.com/krnt/early-krnt/earlypersonalities.html&h=754&w=594&sz=52&tbnid=KcRKiurRcgX4mM:&tbnh=140&tbnw=110&hl=en&start=7&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgirl%2Bwith%2Bpigtails%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG 
is close to my mental image, though I'd expect more plait and less "end", 
and the plait could start lower down.  This one 
http://images.google.ie/imgres?imgurl=http://www.p4a.com/item_images/medium/02/11/48-01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.p4a.com/itemsummary/21148.htm&h=288&w=248&sz=8&tbnid=3njDTFEbI1FsfM:&tbnh=110&tbnw=94&hl=en&start=34&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgirl%2Bwith%2Bpigtails%26start%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN 
is also reasonably close to my idea.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian.
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