is "dirty blonde" depreciative?

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 25 04:18:55 UTC 2012

I remember it from my youth as a name for the darker shades of blonde. It's
used very frequently in Rob Thurman's urban fantasy series ("Nightlife",
"Moonshine", "Mashouse", etc. 2006-present) to describe the older of the
Leandros brothers--without a hint of the pejorative.


On Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 10:05 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM, Jonathan Lighter
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> > Neutral
> On the basis of literature, I assumed "insult," just because it
> appeared that it should br=e such.. But, when I've heard that used in
> the wild, it has always been a merely a description, whether of the
> hair of the person speaking or that of the person spoken of.
> Maybe it's an insult in Britspeak.
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