[DWJ] offtopic dialect question

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Mon Feb 27 18:08:47 EST 2006

On 28/2/06 12:59 AM, "Roslyn" <rosgross at bigpond.net.au> wrote:

>> On Feb 26, 2006, at 4:17 PM, Katie Meyers wrote:
>>> I've lived in CT almost all my life, and pigtails are 2 short ponytails,
>>> one sticking out from each side of the head.
>>> -Katie
> For me (Melbourne in Australia), this is exactly what pigtails are also -
> two bunches of hair (not braided or plaited) gathered at the sides of the
> head (and sometimes towards the back), with a parting at the back of the
> head. I used to wear my hair this way sometimes in my early teenage years
> and they were called pigtails. Plaits are when they are braided. (We don't
> generally call these braids, though they might be called braids if the
> plaits were lifted up and placed on the head.)

Ah, the old Sydney-Melbourne divide raises its ugly head yet again!


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