is "dirty blonde" depreciative?

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Mon Mar 26 14:07:54 UTC 2012

On 3/26/12 12:02 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> Date:    Sun, 25 Mar 2012 10:42:18 -0400
> From:    Eric Nielsen<ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: is "dirty blonde" depreciative?
> I agree that "dirty blonde" is not generally considered as attractive as
> "golden blonde". In fact, it just barely makes it into being blonde.
> But, I think dirty blondes do escape some ridicule. One doesn't usually
> have a dirty blonde in mind when a blonde joke is told. At least I don't
> think so.
> Eric

Exactly re: the last point. But that doesn't mean we escape ridicule. If
we think of ourselves as blondes, and you tell a blonde joke . . . .

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