[DWJ] offtopic dialect question

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Sun Feb 26 19:22:54 EST 2006


I think of pigtails as plaits. Ponytails are as you describe. My Australian
colleagues agree. My American colleague says pigtails are free bunches on
the sides of your head.

Judith


On 27/2/06 12:11 AM, "Gili Bar-Hillel" <gbhillel at netvision.net.il> 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?
> 
> "Google pictures" gives mixed results when I search for "girl with
> pigtails", and I suspect there are regional differences for this usage. I'm
> particularly interested in what Australians make of this, as it is for a
> translation of Garth Nix's "Sabriel". Does the fact that I first heard of
> Garth Nix on this list count as an Ob-DWJ?
> 
> Gili
> 
> 
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