[Ads-l] _Laid_, WRT the hair of black women:

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Mon May 4 13:10:56 UTC 2015


Does "laid" hair go back to the 17th century?  The OED wonders about "lay". v.1. sense 4:

4. ? To spread out with a view to ornament; to deck, array. Now dial. Cf. to lay out 10 at Phrasal verbs.
1656 Disc. Auxiliary Beauty 115 How do they exclaime..against braiding or laying forth, and powdering, or colouring their haire?
Here rather than "display", does "laying forth", contrasted with "braiding", mean "flattening"?

Joel

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And as the saying goes, the hair  is "fried, dyed and laid to the side." 
--Margaret Lee
 
      From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
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Subject: _Laid_, WRT the hair of black women:
  
"straight[ened]"

"My hair is laid like Marilyn Mosby['s]: kissed by the flatirons of the
gods."

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-Wilson
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