[DWJ] offtopic dialect question

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 26 14:47:06 EST 2006


The same, two plaits coming to the shoulders. From NSW
Australia, however Garth Nix was born in Melbourne
where they do things differently. I even checked the
Australian Word Map
http://www.abc.net.au/wordmap/
to look for regional variations but its not listed.

I note that Sir Thursday is due out this week or next.

Jon

--- "Dorian E. Gray" <israfel at eircom.net> wrote:

> 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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