missing word: mullet -- MORE!

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Sun Oct 8 13:18:41 UTC 2000

There is apparently a parallel mullet universe.

To answer my own previous question -- the haircut from the 70s was called
"the shag".  The mullet is similar, but not the same.  Perhaps the
difference is that the mullet is short on the sides as well, in not covering
any of the ear.  The best description I have seen for this haircut is --
"business in the front, party in the back".

The haircut sense is also not in either RHDU or WNW4 on CD.

There is a new best-selling book on the cut, a whole bunch of websites,
evidence from all over the world, and many noted and faded celebs who have
sported the cut, aside from just folks.  It is simultaneously praised
(mostly tongue-in-cheek) and scorned.  But it is still popular in some
circles.  There are notable pop culture examples besides Billy Ray Cyrus,
Bowie, and Agassi, including the former teen idol John Stamos from the 80s
TV series "Full House", Jose Canseco (not now), and a bunch of soccer
players.  It may be a bigger phenomenon in UK -- Lynne?

Etymology is unclear from these sites.  There is mention of the fish in one
quote, but I don't know what the fish looks like.  It is a common food fish.
There are, however, 2 completely different species, one the true mullet, and
the other AKA the goatfish.

Also, one site mentions (and gives quotes from the script) the use of the
term "mullethead" in "Cool Hand Luke".  But there is no connection to
haircuts evident in that film.

I have spent 10 minutes on this, and will not waste any more, dammit.
Someone pick up the thread, please!

Frank Abate

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