missing word: mullet

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Sat Oct 7 16:50:05 UTC 2000

Neither the brand new AHD nor the OED have _mullet_ as the name of a
haircut.  RHDAS only has it as a shortening of 'mullethead', meaning
'a fool'.  I've seen it tons in the UK, and increasingly in the US
(it's in yesterday's Salon article about Christopher Guest as

Bloomsbury's got a book out this year called _The Mullet: Hairstyle
of the Gods_ by Mark Larson.

Washington Post has an article called "Mullet, the hairdo that still
does" (29 Feb 2000), according to which no one knows when _mullet_
was first used for a haircut.

Beastie Boys have a 1994 song called "Mullet Head", which includes
instructions for barbers.

This is one for the word books...


M. Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 3AN    UK
phone:  +44(0)1273-678844
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