[DWJ] offtopic dialect question

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at auckland.ac.nz
Sun Feb 26 15:50:02 EST 2006

I'm with Sarah on this one, (unlike most of the respondents). Girls only ever have one ponytail but can have 1 or 2 pigtails, which are (generally) shorter than a ponytail would be. Braided hair comes in a plait or 2 plaits (or sometimes, nowadays, lots of plaits, but these are normally called braids).
I'm from New Zealand.


-----Original Message-----
From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net]On Behalf
Of Sarah Imholt
Sent: Monday, 27 February 2006 8:26 a.m.
To: Diana Wynne Jones
Subject: Re: [DWJ] offtopic dialect question

In my experience, (northwestern US) pigtails are shorter, smaller
versions of ponytails and have nothing to do with braids.


On 2/26/06, Otter Perry <ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com> wrote:
> I was raised in Connecticut and I imagine a girl in two braids.
> On Feb 26, 2006, at 6:11 AM, Gili Bar-Hillel wrote:
> >
> > As in the past, I humbly ask the opinion of the people here gathered
> > in a
> > question relevant to a particular translation:
> >
> > 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?
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