Instances of unmodified hair-day
fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Feb 12 00:14:27 UTC 2000
On Fri, 11 Feb 2000, David Bowie wrote:
> I ask again--which is attested first: '[unmodified] hair day' or 'bad/good
> hair day'?
'Bad/good hair day' is attested first. Indeed '[unmodified] hair day' is
rare. This does not prove, however, that the 'bad-hair' proponents are
correct. Consider the following early citations:
1990 _Back Stage_ 9 Feb. A couple of the women discuss whether or not
they're having a good "hair day."
1991 Jane Pauley in _Redbook_ Sept. I can have a bad 'hair day,' and
people will just say, 'There's Jane being herself.'
1991 _Inside Media_ 20 Nov. "We were both having a really great hair
There seems to be a strong case, based on the evidence, for the 'hair-day'
Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1998
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