[Ads-l] Antedating mullet (hairstyle)

Peter Morris peter_morris_1 at BLUEYONDER.CO.UK
Thu Oct 15 01:30:05 UTC 2015

OED Appeals


<< The OED defines mullet as 'A hairstyle, worn esp. by men, in which the 
hair is cut short at the front and sides, and left long at the back.' It was 
certainly popularized, if not coined, by the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, 
whose song 'Mullet Head' [ from 1994] is the first known use of the term:
Can you help find an earlier example of mullet? Or any proof that it truly 
was coined by the Beasties? >>


Comments say that they heard the term in 1970's, but give no written cite. 
Well, here's one.

>From the novel Cinderella Liberty by  Darryl Ponicsan, 1973, chapter 2


<<Weekly haircuts, no matter what. So it had been since he'd joined. So it 
would be until he retired.

Maybe he'd grow his hairout after that. Probably wouldn't go with the mullet 
that had been so popular when he'd joined, but he'd keep it longer than it 
was now.>>

I'm unable to post it at the OED site. You have to log in via facebook,  and 
I haven't got an account.  Can someone post it for me, please.

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