Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 23 19:56:11 UTC 2010

On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 11:40 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:

> Q.: Can short hair be "tousled"? Â If so, what does "tousled" mean? Anything?
> Or is it becoming just a journalistic default description of hair [of the Caucasoid type]?

A. My experience, strictly literary, is that tousling requires hair of
at least a certain, intuitively-recognized length. No one writes of
tousling hair cut in, e.g. the marine/Marine "jarhead" style.

B. I wouldn't be surprised. Youneverknow.

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