is "dirty blonde" depreciative?

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Mon Mar 26 14:05:04 UTC 2012

On 3/26/12 12:02 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> Date:    Sun, 25 Mar 2012 09:02:34 -0400
> From:    George Thompson<george.thompson at NYU.EDU>
> Subject: Re: is "dirty blonde" depreciative?
> I would take it as pejorative only in the esthetic sense of a color that
> falls within the range of "blonde", but is less attractive than "golden
> blonde".  Not a reflexion on the character or personality of the woman
> (usually, I suppose) under the hair.

As always I am a day late and a dollar short because I read ADS-L on
digest: my thinking is along the same lines as George's here re: the
depreciative aspect relating to the color. And that's been my personal
experience as a (dirty blonde) not a (dirty) (blonde). That is: I'm not
a true blonde, so I have no right to be offended by blonde jokes.

---Amy West

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