is "dirty blonde" depreciative?

Ronald Butters ronbutters at AOL.COM
Sun Mar 25 00:45:50 UTC 2012

I thought it was ditchwater blonde. Or maybe I am confusing it with "dull as ditchwater"?

On Mar 24, 2012, at 8:24 PM, Larry Sheldon wrote:

> On 3/24/2012 7:17 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>> On Mar 24, 2012, at 5:12 PM, Geoff Nunberg wrote:
>>> From the OED:
>>> dirty blonde adj. and n. orig. U.S. (mildly depreciative)  (a)
>>> adj.(of the hair) dark blonde; blonde tinged with a darker colour;
>>> (b) n.a person with hair of this colour.
>>> When I was growing up, the term referred simply to a hair color,
>>> with no implication of disapproval.
>> for me too.  but then i'm an old guy.
> Me too.  I'm not sure I remember "dirty blonde" but there was
> "dishwater" blonde that I think was a color descriptor with no other
> implications.
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