[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.


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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