[DWJ] offtopic dialect question

shawyer at mail.utexas.edu shawyer at mail.utexas.edu
Sun Feb 26 18:10:38 EST 2006


I grew up in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and "pigtails" to me are short
braids/plaits, versus gatherings of hair: "ponytails". But then I did have an
English Mum.
To me, the key is the shortness of the pigtails, whereas ponytails and braids
can be long, pigtails are always short in my mind.

Quoting "Ian W. Riddell" <iwriddell at charter.net>:

> I grew up in eastern Ontario, Canada - and "pigtails" to me are
> shorter gatherings of hair, started above the ears but not yet on the
> top of the head. I don't really associate them with "plaits" (or what
> we called "braids") which started in the same place but were longer
> and fell to the shoulders.
>
> A "ponytail was a singular gathering of hair at the back of the head.
> For a wonderful short book about ponytails, see "Stephanie's Ponytail"
> by Canadian Robert Munsch.
>
> widdy
>
>
> On 2/26/06, J.E. Powers <jepowers70 at verizon.net> wrote:
> > In my experience, (northwestern US) pigtails are shorter, smaller
> > versions of ponytails and have nothing to do with braids.
> >
> > Sarah
> > ++++++++
> >
> > I'm with Sarah, though I am in northeastern US.  However, some of the older
> folks in this area refer to pigtails as two braids.
> > -Jill in Maine
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